Tennis elbow (also know as extensor tendinopathy and extensor tendinosis) refers to pain on the lateral aspect of the elbow. It usually occurs in people who use repeated extension of the wrist. While this condition commonly occurs in people who play sports such as tennis, badminton and squash, it is also becoming increasing common in workers. Office workers, labourers, electricians and gardeners are those that are most commonly affected.
Management of the condition usually involves initially reducing the inflammation with ice, rest, taping and anti-inflammatory medications. The next stage of treatment usually involves reducing the muscle tension and improving the biomechanics and control of the wrist extensors. The final stage of rehabilitation usually involves correction of technique in sport and an ergonomic adjustment to the work environment.
Written by Nick Lagos