Medical Conditions

Tennis/Golfers Elbow

Severity for this condition can vary.

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. Golfers Elbow (medial epicondylitis) is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscle on the inside of the elbow. Both are painful conditions caused by repetitive overuse of the joint. The symptoms of tennis/ golfers elbow develop gradually and can worsen over weeks and months.

Common Symptoms include;

  • Weakened grip strength of the hand
  • Pain, numbness or burning sensations of the elbow and down the arm.
  • Increased symptoms during activities involving repetitive movement of the elbow

Elbow supports can be an effective conservative method in reducing the symptoms and pains associated with tennis elbow. There are different designs available and your orthotist can assist in deciding which style is best for your individual needs.

Check out our blog on tennis elbow and the different types of braces HERE

Total Body Orthotics offers face-to-face clinical assessments for the provision, measurements and fitting of a wide range of orthotic devices from insoles to fully customised Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFOs). Appointments are based at our clinic at The Arcade, High Street, Eccleshall , Staffordshire, ST21 6BZ. There is a £50 assessment fee to access this service.

If you have purchased a device from us and are struggling with fitting or wear we also provide free online Zoom consultations with our orthotist where we can provide remote support and advice where possible.

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Recovery Time
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Treatment
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Symptoms can include:

  • Weakened grip strength of the hand
  • Pain, numbness or burning sensations of the elbow and down the arm.
  • Increased symptoms during activities involving repetitive movement of the elbow

Treatment options for tennis/ golfers elbow can vary. For initial injury we recommend following the RICE therapy to aid with inflammation and pain.

Follow the 4 steps known as RICE therapy for 2 to 3 days to help bring down swelling and support the injury:

  1. Rest – stop the exercise or activities that caused the injury until you feel better
  2. Ice – put an ice pack (you could use a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) on the injury for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours
  3. Compress – wrap a bandage around the injury to support it
  4. Elevate – if possible, keep the injured area raised on a pillow when sitting or lying down

To help prevent swelling during the first 2 to 3 days, try to avoid:

  • heat, such as hot baths and heat packs
  • alcohol
  • massages

When you can move the injured area without pain stopping you, try to keep moving it so the tendon doesn’t become stiff.

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