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Morley Physio presents a slideshow on how to identify Tennis Elbow and the steps to take.
Got it, and What to Do
An ache in the forearm or elbow. A nagging
pain. A weaker grip, or intermittent
discomfort when you swing, lift or
otherwise use your forearm. These can all
be signs of tennis elbow (lateral
epiconcylitis) - an overuse injury common
in racquet sports like tennis, squash and
It’s important to note that tennis elbow is
not limited to tennis. it can be caused by
anything from throwing sports to
gardening to using scissors. But no matter
the cause of your pain, it’s important to
understand it and treat it.
The first step to recovery can be a bit of self-diagnosis. Look out for the following:
Pain and tenderness on the outside of your elbow
Pain and tenderness in the muscles of your forearm
Weak grip and stiff elbow
When it Hurts:
Pain may get worse when you grip something (a golf club, or a firm handshake)
Pain may get worse when you bend your wrist backwards against a force (a backhand tennis
The following signs could mean that you should seek help now, and skip the “what should I do?” phase. It’s
recommended to see a Physiotherapist as soon as you can if any of the following are true:
If your symptoms don’t improve after several weeks
If your symptoms get steadily or suddenly worse
If you have severe elbow pain
If you can’t move your elbow
If you have loss of feeling
Need help? Contact us at morleyphysio.com.au to get advice or schedule an evaluation.
The main treatment options out there are rest, physiotherapy, exercises, and in some cases injection therapy.
In order to find out which one is right for you, you’ve got to understand your injury.
A physiotherapist will recommend the proper tennis elbow therapy, and refer you to a doctor or surgeon if
Physiotherapy will likely involve a treatment plan including rest, special exercises, and a careful progression
through the important stages of recovery to living pain free.
Some of our Treatment Methods:
How you treat tennis elbow depends on how long you’ve had it, which treatments you’ve already tried, the severity
of your symptoms, and many other factors. For this reason, the following advice is general, and it is highly
recommended to consult a Physiotherapist for a proper evaluation and treatment routine.
Give it a rest! Take a break from sport and strenuous activity, give that elbow and forearm time to rest. If you
suspect the problem might stem from something you do at work, talk to the boss or a health adviser like a
Physio and either take some time off or switch tasks to give your arm a break.
Lift objects with your palm facing up, not down. This can reduce strain on the damaged muscles.
Consider applying ice or heat.
Over the counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medication are an option.
If you’re serious about recovering and wish to avoid re-injury in the future, you’ve really got to understand
your injury, and the bigger picture surrounding it. This is what will lead you to the right tennis elbow
exercises, and tennis elbow therapy.
Is your injury a result of overuse? A result of improper technique or form? Does it stem from something you
do outside of sport or work? How long do you need to rest? When will you be able to play sport again? Which
home exercises will help, and will any of them make it worse? Which home exercises are right for you? How
can you stay fit while keeping your elbow safe?
A Physiotherapist is the place to go for expert advice. At Morley Physiotherapy will give you a full evaluation
advice, and treatment to guide you back to health.
morleyphysio.com.au to get advice or
schedule an evaluation.
Give us a call at 9375 3900, visit our
contact us page, or email us directly at