Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow Treatment

Relieve your elbow pain and get back in the game

Elbow pain

What is tennis elbow
Why golfer’s elbow
Having elbow pain can really affect your game. Not only that, it can make even the simplest things difficult, such as writing a letter or using a fork.

The good news is that there are many things you can do to relieve your pain. From home care remedy tips to seeking professional advice, find out how to get back on the courts.


Tennis, Golfer’s Elbow

Cubital Tunnel

Tendonitis, Bursitis

What Is The Difference Between Tennis Elbow And Golfer’s Elbow

Both tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow pain have many similarities. They can both be caused by the same type of trigger, such as overuse or sport. The symptoms you feel can be almost the same for both. Treatment for either golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow pain are often the same. Sometimes, you can have tennis and golfer’s elbow both at the same time.
How to tell the difference between the two really is where you feel the pain. Tennis elbow is also called lateral epicondylitis. With tennis elbow your pain is usually found on the outside part of your elbow and forearm, or the thumb side. Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis will usually affect the inside area of your elbow and forearm, or the pinkie side.
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What Causes Tennis, Golfer’s Elbow Pain

Both types of elbow pain are often due to repetitive overuse motions or trauma. Think serving a tennis ball or hitting a golf ball. With the repeated motions, small tears appear in the tendons of your hand and forearm muscles where they attach to your elbow.

If these tears are allowed to continue to develop without enough proper rest in between for them to heal, you could end up with epicondylitis, or inflammation around your epicondyles. Your epicondyle is the bony knuckle portion on both sides of your elbow.

Some of the repetitive overuse actions that can trigger elbow pain include:

  • Cooking, cutting
  • Drawing, painting
  • Making crafts such as sewing, crocheting
  • Sports such as tennis, golf, badminton, ping pong
  • Using hand tools such as a screwdriver or hammer

Other types of elbow problems include:

  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Elbow bursitis
  • Elbow tendonitis
  • Olecranon bursitis
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Symptoms Of Tennis, Golfer’s Elbow

Both tennis and golfer’s elbow can start out as a mild discomfort. This can include trouble gripping, turning or lifting things. As your pain continues, you could also have trouble with:

  • Forearm pain
  • Lifting up things
  • Making a fist
  • Opening jars
  • Playing squash, baseball, table tennis
  • Stretching out your fingers

Get Back In Your Game

Having trouble getting back in the game or working because of your nagging elbow pain? Visit your physiotherapist and learn how to relieve your tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow pain

Schedule A Visit

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Home Therapy Tips To Relieve Your Tennis And Golfer’s Elbow

There are many different treatments for elbow pain. Start with these simple tips you can try at home:

  1. Rest: It may be time to take a break. By giving your elbow enough rest gives you a better chance to heal your elbow pain and recover
  2. Ice: Ice can be a great way to reduce inflammation and pain
  3. Brace: Using a forearm band or brace can help prevent or reduce your elbow pain
  4. Technique: Talk with your coach and have your form and technique checked
  5. Equipment: Speak with your coach and decide if a change in equipment is a good idea. Sometimes changing your grip or the size of the handle on your racquet or club may help
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See Your North Burnaby Heights Physiotherapist

If you are having trouble managing your elbow pain, it may be time to see your physiotherapist at Cedar. There are many additional strategies your physio can use to help you with your tennis elbow pain.

1To first reduce your golfer’s elbow pain, there are different treatment methods your physiotherapist can use. These can include manual therapy, modalities, taping, IMS and exercise rehab.

2To help prevent your elbow pain from returning, your physio can guide you through the proper stretching and strengthening exercises for your elbow and forearm.

3In addition, they can suggest technique and equipment changes to both prolong as well as improve your game. These can include changes in your stance, your swing mechanics or pre- and post-workout routines.

Other strategies that may help include speaking with your family doctor about medications and injections.

Patient Review

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I first came to Cedar on the recommendation from a friend for my tennis elbow, stiffness in my neck and lower back pains… After a few weeks i noticed a significant improvement and a few weeks later my tennis elbow and my neck stiffness were all gone. My back pain is 90% better and we are still working on it as it improves over time. I cant thank them enough for there great work that they do.They are very qualified working in their chosen profession. I would also like to thank Jenni and Denise who were always so pleasant when booking appointments. They always found an appointment time for me with my busy schedule. Fantastic job everyone and keep up the great work that you all do.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can tennis elbow be cured by physiotherapy?

If you are having elbow pain such as tennis or golfer’s elbow, visit your physiotherapist. They are experts in diagnosing and treating many different body aches and pains such as elbow pain.

After examining you, your physio will discuss the best care plan for you to help ease your elbow pain and get back to being painfree and active again. To address your elbow pain, your treatment may include hands-on therapy, modifications to how you play your sport or activity, taping and braces, IMS needling and exercise rehab to stretch tight tense muscles and improve your arm strength

How can I relieve elbow pain?

Rest, using ice, elbow bracing, gentle stretches or seeing your physiotherapist may help your elbow pain

What does tendonitis in my elbow feel like?

Some symptoms can include pain and tenderness near the bony knuckles on either the inside or outside of your elbow. This is where the tendons from your forearm muscles connect to your elbow. Pain can also sometimes extend in your upper and lower arm

How long does my elbow tendonitis take to heal?

Sometimes your elbow may feel better after a few weeks of rest and self care. However, it can take many months for your tendon to fully heal

Get Back In Your Game

Having trouble getting back in the game or working because of your nagging elbow pain? Visit your physiotherapist and learn how to relieve your tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow pain

Schedule A Visit

Click To Phone 604-738-1168

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