Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow

 

With years of experience working with some of the best tennis and golf professionals around the world, our Ace Certified Practitioners can help you relieve the pain of a Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow.

Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow

Tennis elbow, which you may also hear be referred to as Lateral epicondylitis (epicondylosis), and golfer’s elbow, which is also called Medial epicondylitis (epicondylosis), are repetitive strain based injuries that affect the muscles of the medial and lateral component of the forearm, and where they join onto the elbow bones. Repetitive lengthening or shortening, and loading of the wrist creates microtears within the tendon which leads to subsequent inflammation. In golfer’s elbow, the medial epicondyle is where the flexor and pronator muscles of forearm attach, and these tendons can become inflamed leading to pain in the area.  In tennis elbow, the lateral epicondyle is where the extensor and supinator muscles of the forearm originate and like golfer’s elbow, the tendons of these muscles become inflamed and irritated leading to pain or discomfort. Lateral epicondylitis is said to account for about 80% of people presenting with this type of pain. If epicondylitis isn’t treated accordingly, it can lead to further damage including weakness and increased fragility, scar tissue formation and thickening of the tendons affected. 

People who have epicondylitis may experience some or all of these symptoms including pain on the lateral or medial aspect of the elbow, elbow stiffness, wrist and grip weakness, difficulty fully extending the elbow and tingling or numbness down the forearm and into the wrist.  

Both these injuries are predisposed to people who complete many repetitive wrist and forearm actions.  The following group of sports people are at the highest risk of developing epicondylitis; tennis, golf, bowling, weightlifting, pitchers and any athletes who are required to throw overhead. In many cases, epicondylitis does not just present in people who play sport, as it can also be seen in labor intensive occupations like trades people (painters, builders, butchers) and office workers who are required to type a lot at their computer.  Risk factors and what we look to adjust at Ace Sports Clinic include training load, improper technique, areas that lack strength and endurance or flexibility.  Other risk factors for epicondylitis include tobacco use and type 2 diabetes. 

When presenting to Ace Sports Clinic with elbow pain, our practitioners will undertake a thorough case history and examination to understand what is the cause of your presentation and areas of the arm and spine that may be contributing to your pain. Once this holistic assessment is complete, treatment will be implemented to loosen tight muscles and regain full mobility in the affected joints. Treatment for this may include soft tissue techniques like massage, joint mobilisations, manipulation, dry needling and taping to allow the elbow to work more efficiently. Your Ace Certified Practitioner may also talk to you about modifying any activities that may be contributing to your pain. It is also important that not only hands-on treatment is applied, but strengthening of certain areas is completed to have your whole arm and upper body moving efficiently to take pressure off the elbow. One should expect to receive an exercise program with a range of activities to do at home to help with their pain, as exercise plays an important role in the healing of the tendons.  

When experiencing a Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow, you can be sure that we will listen to your needs and tailor a step by step recovery plan just for you.  Getting an early, accurate diagnosis is key to a quicker recovery as we know that rest often makes these tendon injuries worse through weakness.  Visit us today at Ace Sports Clinic, nd  help banish your pain and get you back to enjoying your sports with the freedom only optimal movement can provide.

References:

Johnson, G. W., Cadwallader, K., Scheffel, S. B., & Epperly, T. D. (2007). Treatment of lateral epicondylitis. American family physician76(6), 843-848.

Kiel, J., & Kaiser, K. (2021). Golfers elbow. StatPearls [Internet].