Feeling a little disjointed by Tennis Elbow? Here’s the 411!

With Federer kicking ass again this year, the disappointed result against Del Potro, and our head therapist Dalibor away with the Australian Davis Cup team, we thought now would be a good time to talk about a pretty common injury in Tennis as well as office workers – Tennis Elbow, or Lateral Epicondylitis.

One of the most common symptoms of Tennis Elbow is sharp pain on the outside of the elbow where your tendons attach. In most cases, the pain occurs due to micro-trauma and repetitive wrist extension with some form of resistance.

Unfortunately, you can get Tennis Elbow outside of playing tennis.

The mechanics are actually more due to overuse and faulty collagen healing, a vicious cycle that doesn’t get better on its own. More often than not, we see this condition in desk workers where there is repetitive typing involved, but it can occur with the practice of any activity that involves a high amount gripping, lifting or swinging.


What we do in our Health Place clinics:

  • First we will need to assess the injury. Is it coming from the elbow or from the shoulder?
  • Are you able to stop or at least decrease the motion or activity that is aggravating or causing the pain? For example; less tennis training unless you are professional, change the mouse position and the amount of typing.
  • Create an appropriate stretching regime to encourage pain-free range of motion, as well as strengthen the weakened tendon. Isometric exercises have been proven to be effective in Tennis Elbow, so we can apply a slow and controlled load on the tendon and decrease sensitivity.
  • Ensure this type of injury won’t happen ever again.