What is Tennis Elbow?

Updated: Jun 26, 2019



'Tennis elbow’, also known as Extensor Tendinopathy, is a common, painful condition of the elbow that affects people of different backgrounds - not just tennis players!

Tennis elbow is caused by overloading one of the tendons of the forearm. Many patients report an onset of pain after/during a repetitive activity involving the wrist, such as repetitive hammering, or a single action such as lifting a heavy object.

Patients with tennis elbow often report pain on the outside of the elbow that can also radiate into the forearm and wrist. The pain can range from an occasional nuisance to a pain that can keep some patients up at night time. In our experience, we often find that if the injury is not managed early on, the pain can start as an occasional nuisance and gradually develop into a pain that can keep some patients up at night time.


Activities that can aggravate symptoms range from repetitive activities such as computer work to lifting a cup in more irritable cases. Patients also often complain of pain with tasks that involve gripping and/or extending their wrist.


If you are experiencing similar symptoms, please don’t hesitate to call our clinic and book an assessment with one of our Physio’s on 9859 5585.




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