Authored by Laura Cruz.
What is it?
Tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition on the outside of the elbow usually caused by overuse of the extension forearm muscles. This can happen if you’ve in repetitive activities such as computer work, gardening, painting or a sport involving the use of the hand and wrist.
What are the treatment options?
The majority of patients with lateral epicondylitis get better with non-operative treatment methods. These may include:
- Physiotherapy (exercises, taping, bracing, etc)
- Analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
- Steroid injections
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
- Change in work or hobby set up
It is important to note all tennis elbows are different and the management of these will entirely depend on the presentation, as outlined in the article by Coombes et al (2015)¹. Treatment will have to be adapted, especially if there are other factors such as neck pain, tendon tears or nerve pain.
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