What is Tennis Elbow?
The name suggests that this condition happens only when playing tennis. But this can happen from repetitive overuse of the forearm muscles which causes pain on the outside of the elbow.
Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons of the extensor muscles of the forearm that insert into the outside of the elbow. It can be an irritating condition that prevents you from doing simple tasks such as lifting a cup of tea. The elbow joint sits between your shoulder joint and your wrist. Therefore it becomes overused when the two joints either side of it are either not functioning correctly or if they are repetitively overused in a certain posture.
We explain this condition in an analogy of a cut on your arm. If you had a cut on your arm and somebody was constantly slapping that area, would it heal? Even if you covered it with a plaster or wrapped in an a bandage it would still not heal. Why? Obviously because there is a hand that keeps slapping the area. We need to take away the hand in order to give it a chance to heal. Similarly the tendons around the elbow are like the cut, our job is to workout what is causing it to constantly be damaged and preventing healing.