Learn about the causes of Tennis Elbow & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Tennis Elbow within New Zealand.
Tennis elbow is an overuse injury of the arm and forearm resulting in elbow pain. Muscles in the forearm that extend the wrist are attached at the elbow. Repetitive twisting, gripping and untwisting movements of the wrist can cause pain and tenderness over the outside point of the elbow.
Tennis elbow, known medically as lateral epicondylitis, is caused by
overstraining the muscles. Repetitive or excessive movement of the
muscles that straighten the wrist can injure the tendons in the arm and
elbow. This results in small tears in the tendon that become inflamed
As the injured area becomes inflamed, the tendon cuts of circulation and pinches the nerve that controls the muscles in the arm and hand. If the injury is not treated properly, rough tissue can begin to form.
Activities that cause tennis elbow include:
If you are experiencing elbow pain it's important to visit your GP
early to prevent long-term problems with pain. The GP will perform a
physical examination of the arm checking for pain by placing pressure
on the elbow and bending your hand upwards.
If the GP suspects an underlying condition that may be causing the problem you may be sent for an X-ray to rule out injury or arthritis.
To rule out nerve damage, or if your tennis elbow is severe and chronic, the GP may refer you for an MRI scan or ultrasound to get a detailed picture of the muscles and tendons in the arm.