At Spire Little Aston Hospital our physiotherapy department, Perform Birmingham, treats an array of conditions. Amongst the most common conditions we treat are tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicodylitis, is a condition characterised by pain on the outside of the elbow and forearm.
What causes tennis elbow?
The pain is caused by irritation of the tendon that inserts into the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow. This problem can be caused by a period of heavy gripping and lifting, particularly with the elbow extended (eg, carrying shopping). It can also arise from repetitive irritation of the tendon over time (eg, typing and writing, playing sport).
How to treat tennis elbow
While tennis elbow can be persistent and take several months to resolve, almost all cases will resolve with physiotherapy treatment. The physiotherapy treatment is likely to be an exercise programme designed to load the effected tendon in a controlled way to stimulate healing, reduce pain and improve strength. Your physiotherapist will guide you through this exercise programme. Physiotherapists may use techniques such as local massage to help stimulate local healing and taping to offload the painful structure.
With golfer’s elbow the pain arises on the inside of the elbow. This condition has many similarities with tennis elbow including the activities that cause golfer’s elbow.
How to treat golfer’s elbow
Treatment for this condition is also very similar to tennis elbow and consists of a graduated strengthening programme which is overseen by your physiotherapist, alongside other hands on techniques to stimulate healing and relieve pain.
Book an appointment or find out more
If you are paying for treatment yourself, no referral is necessary and you can contact us directly to book an appointment. If you are paying through medical insurance, you will need a referral letter from your GP or consultant before you make an appointment.
To find out more about golfer’s or tennis elbow s or to book an appointment, please call 0121 580 7131 or email Birmingham@spireperform.com.