You do not have to have played tennis to develop tennis elbow. It usually develops over time with repetitive activities, that involve the thumb and first two fingers of the hand. A common example of this is gripping a tennis racquet, with a serve that strains the muscles and stresses the tendons.
This repetitive activity may cause microscopic tears of the tissue. Tennis elbow is most common about the age of 40.
Treatment options for this condition may include acupuncture, excercise prescription including stretching and strengthening, electrotherapeutic modalities, rest from the repetitive activities and a review of your sporting technique and equipment.
If you would like further information on this condition contact:
Jan Naughton Sports Physiotherapy Ph: 0294891246.
About the author:
Dr Jan Naughton received her PhD at Sydney University where she was lecturing in Sports Medicine and undergraduate physiotherapy. She specialises in shoulder injuries and has a sports physiotherapy practice in Wahroonga on Sydney's upper north shore working with two other specialist colleagues.