Adam Doyle (Physiotherapist – Burnie)
Pain that occurs on the lateral or ‘outside’ part of your elbow can be caused by a lot of things. A common issue we see quite often in the clinic is a condition called ‘tennis elbow’.
Tennis elbow can occur when the tendons that wrap from your elbow down into your wrist and hand become overloaded – this is usually because of repetitive overuse.
Pain in your elbow can affect daily function – simple activities can become painful such as picking up the shopping bags, using your mouse/keyboard, gripping, and shaking hands.
The issue occurs because tendons can only take so much strain or load before there is an increased risk of injury to them. Once injured these tendons become inflamed. You will notice a hot sensation and swelling around the outside of your elbow! This is called a ‘tendinopathy’, a term used to describe the degeneration of a tendon.
Common ‘tricks or tips’ to begin settling an angry tendon is the use of ice therapy, rest from the aggravating activity and, once settled, stretching and reloading appropriately can help to avoid reinjury.
Here at Coastal Physiotherapy, we have trained Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists who can help with managing your elbow pain!
So, if you or someone you know is missing out on some backyard Wimbledon action, give us a call at Coastal Physiotherapy’s Burnie clinic and we can help get you back on the court!