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Golfers and tennis elbow

These are common names for tendinopathy (tendonitis) at the elbow. Don’t be confused by their name – they are not related to the sports!

What is a Tendon?

A tendon is a fibrous connective tissue which attaches the muscle to the bone.

What is Tendonitis/Tendinopathy?

A tendinopathy is a failed healing response of the tendon, it can result in pain and inflammation to the structure and is typically caused from overuse.

What is Golfers Elbow?

Golfers elbow, otherwise known as medial epicondylitis is a tendinopathy specific to the wrist flexor tendons which originate on the inner side of the elbow.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis Elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis is a tendinopathy specific to the wrist extensor tendons which originate on the outer side of the elbow.

What are the symptoms of Golfers/Tennis elbow?

  • Pain localized to the inner or outer portion of the elbow which can radiate down the forearm
  • Symptoms can increase with repetitive activity- particularly activities involving gripping and using muscles of the forearm i.e opening a jar, using a screwdriver/hammer, typing on a keyboard

How to treat Elbow tendinopathies?

  • We do not want to aggravate the tendons too much and therefore modifying all aggravating activities is important
  • Improve the mobility of your shoulder, elbow, and wrist
  • Exercises- these consist of gentle stretches of the forearm as well as gradually loading the forearm structures with resistance in different ways to improve your strength and capacity, but also stimulate changes in the tendon.

For more insight on what rehab you can be doing check out these videos:

Tennis Elbow-

Golfers Elbow-

If your symptoms persist and are affecting your daily activities speak to a physio who can assess you and provide you with a treatment plan to help you reach your goals!