Brian’s Story – Tennis Elbow

“After my regular game of tennis I began to notice a pain on my left elbow. I ignored it at first, but after a few weeks it became more persistant to the point that I was in pain when using the computer at work. I had seen an osteopath before for a lower back problem and had faith that they would be able to help.”

Brian’s story is not that typical – Most people who present with tennis elbow don’t even play tennis!

For tennis players it’s usually a result of poor technique “wristy backhands”, high string tensions and incorrect grip sizes. It also commonly affects people in jobs with repetitive movements such as computers and cleaning or in manual professions such as gardening and building.

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis occurs when the muscles of the forearm that are used to extend the wrist backwards are overloaded. This causes micro tears and inflammation of the tendon where it attaches to the bone on the outside of the elbow.

How FROC can help:

As osteopaths we use deep soft tissue massage to improve blood flow which promotes healing. We would also look more holistically at the arm to exclude any underlying mechanical factors. The advice on the use of elbow supports and cold therapy would be discussed as this can help prevent further damage and aid recovery.