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Tennis elbow and golfers elbow

Tennis elbow is a tendinopathy, where a tendon degenerates and within its structure develops micro tears. Pain felt on the outside of the elbow can spread along the muscles which run from the outside of the elbow to the wrist. Pain can on occasions also be felt a short way above the elbow.

Golfers elbow affects the inside of the elbow and affects the flexor tendon both its cause and treatment are similar to tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow is usually caused by changes in patterns of activity, involving heavy or repeated gripping pulling or lifting. It can also be caused by direct impact on the outside of the elbow. It is the extensor muscles and tendons that are affected that is those responsible for extending the wrist.

There are some conditions such as brachial neuritis or referred pain from the neck that can sometimes be confused with tennis elbow, but an experienced clinician will be able to differentiate between these two different conditions.

There are a few ways to treat tennis elbow, but the Gold standard has to be Acupuncture / Dry needling along with soft tissue release of the extensor muscles because these methods, help reduce pain as well as stimulate the local circulation.

Usually 3 – 4 treatments is enough to bring relief to this condition.

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