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Tennis and Golfer's Elbow

Updated: Nov 11, 2022

TENNIS AND GOLFER'S ELBOW assessment in Manchester City Centre

What is Tennis and Golfer's Elbow?

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) are both elbow injuries and most of the time, the tendons of the elbow are inflamed due to overuse or weakness.

The pain in tennis elbow is normally felt on the outside of the elbow and affects mainly the extensor muscles of the wrist, when golfer elbow causes pain on the inside of the elbow affecting more the wrist flexor muscles.

Usually it happens to athletes, people who type all day or people who are doing manual jobs using their hands repetitively (carpenters, painters, etc...)

What are the symptoms of Tennis and Golfer's elbow?

A lot of pain is felt on the inside or outside of the elbow and pain usually radiates along to forearm muscles.

It is also common to feel numbness or tingling sensation on your fingers. Pain can be mild initially but without treatment and overuse of the affected muscles and tendons, can worsen symptoms.

Other symptoms may include stiffness on the forearm-elbow-wrist area and reduced range of movement.

tennis and golfer's elbow treatment in Manchester City Centre
Physiotherapist applies tape on athlete's painful elbow

What should I do if I have golfer or tennis elbow?

The best thing you can do is to receive treatment as soon as possible. Lateral or medial epicondylitis type of pain doesn’t subside without treatment.

It might be beneficial the first 48 hours to use ice but then is better not to use ice or heat unless it’s suggested from a professional. Also an elbow brace is not really beneficial and it might have the opposite results if it’s used for long period of time during the day.

Cortisone injections are also suggested only in severe cases in order to reduce inflammation and pain but in normal situations it's better to avoid them and follow the treatment modalities below in order to have long term results treating the cause of the problem. .

Recommended treatment for Tennis or Golfer Elbow

recommended for this kind of problems.

can also be very beneficial.

In Physio Pattern Manchester we will find the cause of your elbow pain. Most of the time, the elbow is compensating for something else, quite often the forearm muscles work hard due to fingers, shoulder, neck and sometimes back muscle weakness (like Latissimus Dorsi muscle).

At Physio Pattern Manchester, we guarantee that we will treat the cause of your problem and not just the symptoms. We will prevent any kind of re-occurrence when you are back to your normal activities.

If you would like more information of how Physio Pattern Manchester can help with this condition, or to book an assessment please call


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