1. What is causing the pain and how did I get it?
Tennis elbow is a term describing pain at the outer region of the elbow joint.The pain can be caused by overstrain of muscles around the elbow or injury to the elbow joint.Tennis elbow occurs when we do a lot of wrist movement which can overuse and strain the point of attachment of these muscles. Movements includes lifting, housework, cooking and typing can also overload these muscles
2. How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy for elbow pain
Physiotherapy has been shown to be effective in the short and long-term management of tennis elbow. At BMJ Therapy, we treat many kinds of elbow joint issues.
Physiotherapy for elbow pain aims to achieve:
- Reduction of elbow pain.
- Facilitation of tissue repair.
- Restoration of normal joint range of motion and function.
- Restoration of normal muscle length, strength and movement patterns.
- Normalisation of your upper limb neurodynamics.
- Normalisation of cervical joint function.
Physiotherapy treatment for elbow pains can include gentle mobilisation of your neck and elbow joints, elbow Kinesio taping, muscle stretches, neural mobilisations, massage and strengthening.
3. How long will it take to recover? (ie. prognosis)
When given a 6 week course of physiotherapy comprising of 8 treatment sessions, most patients show significant improvement after 3 weeks, increasing to a 60% or greater recovery after 6 weeks of treatment. This improvement is shown to continue to around a 90% improvement at 12 months, even without further treatment.