Tennis Elbow

Elbow

Symptoms

Most patients feel pain or tenderness on the outside of the elbow, sometimes extending down the forearm to the wrist. Pain can also be felt when bending the wrist back and forwards.

Patients can also present with stiffness, weakness and tenderness of the neck, shoulder, elbow and wrist when carrying out simple functions like opening jars, shaking hands, opening doors or moving the elbow.

How it occurs

Tennis elbow might sound like a sports injury, but in reality it can happen to anyone who performs a repetitive action.

It occurs when the muscles and tendons that insert into the elbow are overused and overstressed to the point that the tendon suffers from microtears.

We find it’s very common in people over 40, and we treat everyone from bricklayers and painters to typists and musicians.

How we diagnose Tennis Elbow
We’ll start by asking where the pain is and how it feels, for example is it a shooting or burning pain?

We’ll then assess your strength, your motion and your occupations to see what the symptoms are, and most importantly, what the cause may be.
In most cases, your medical history and physical exam will be enough for us to make a diagnosis. However, if an MRI, ultrasound or X-Ray is required we can refer you for one of these and then read and interpret the results on your return.

Treatment

At Action Rehab our therapists focus on restoring stability to the muscles around the elbow. It is really important that we can identify the source of your pain or instability, as there are many complexities associated with it, and the problem can become chronic and very painful if the microtears aren’t given time to heal, strengthen and stabilize.

Meet Michael

Clinic Manager

Michael is a South African trained physiotherapist who has recently made the move to Australia to pursue a career in hand and upper limb therapy. Michael studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, attaining a BSc Physiotherapy with honours. He has worked in a variety of settings including neurological rehabilitation, cardiothoracic and cardiovascular rehabilitation, musculoskeletal setting and sports physiotherapy.

Book a senior therapist consultation

Ben, our senior therapist, will offer advice on any management strategies you may need. Please note, if you request ongoing care, you will only have to pay our current rates. We do not charge Worksafe and TAC clients for any consultations.

Call 1300 76227to book an appointment or Click Here to book.

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