What exactly is It?
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow
are overworked, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Contrary to it’s name, most sufferers
of tennis Elbow don’t even play tennis! Interestingly of those who play tennis only 5% will get Tennis Elbow.
Tennis elbow generally occurs as a result of repetitive movements of the muscles of the back of the forearm.
These tight muscles pull on and irritate the tendon where it attaches to the outside of the elbow.
Symptoms may range from a burning to a sharp pain and/or numbness and tingling into the hand. It can also
cause weakness when twisting or gripping objects.
The nerves which supply the elbow originate in the cervical spine (neck), and must therefore also be
assessed prior to undertaking care as referred pain from here can be the primary cause of elbow pain.
Many hobbies and sports activities involve repetitive movements, and although arthritis can be
the cause of pain the elbow is generally much less prone to wear-and-tear compared to most other joints.
On a positive note, with the right type of care from a trained chiropractor or osteopath you can be
pain free and back to normal in no time.