Tennis Elbow

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylalgia causes pain where the forearm muscles attach to the outside of the elbow.  It effects the tendon of the muscles which extends into the back of the wrist and hand. People who suffer from tennis elbow often are in jobs requiring repetitive manual tasks. The peak incidence of this condition occurs between the ages of 35 and 50 and it usually affects the dominant arm.

What causes it?

The exact pathology underlying tennis elbow is still under some debate, however current evidence indicates that the disorder does not involve an inflammatory process but rather impairments to the pain and motor systems as well as changes to the structure of the tendon and muscle involved (called the extensor carpi radialis brevis). This process occurs when microscopic tears of the tendon are incompletely healed.

Tennis Elbow

What does it feel like?

Symptoms are often provoked with gripping or twisting tasks such as opening  jars or using a hammer. Very rarely is tennis involved at all!  Most patients report feeling a sharp pain through the outside of the elbow but a dull ache can also be felt into the  forearm.

How can tennis elbow be treated?

There are a number of factors which need to be addressed to effectively manage tennis elbow, including:

  • Avoidance of aggravating factors
  • Correction of poor grip position
  • Physiotherapy treatment modalities including: ultrasound, joint mobilisation, dry needling, massage and exercise prescription (exercises help to restore tendon health)
  • Bracing if pain is very irritable (your physiotherapist can fit you with an appropriate brace to offload the affected muscle)

Most individuals respond to simple management of tennis elbow given enough time, however, there is a portion of tennis elbow sufferers that do not respond to treatment and alternative methods of medical management may be required. Such methods may include cortisone injection or autologous blood injection.

Gold Coast Physiotherapy – Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach Physiotherapy Centres 07 5535 5218


Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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