Tennis & Golfer's Elbow in Leigh-on-Sea & Southend-on-Sea, Essex

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Tennis & Golfer's Elbow

We offer therapies for both tennis elbow and golfer's elbow in Southend-on-Sea, Essex at The Body Matters. Therapy for these conditions is available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea, in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. We also offer telephone & online support and remote consultations.

What is tennis elbow and golfer's elbow?

Many people have heard of these terms but may not understand the specifics of either condition.

  • Tennis elbow affects the outside point of the elbow and is medically referred to as either lateral epicondylitis or lateral elbow tendinopathy.
  • Golfer's elbow affects the inside of the elbow and is referred to as either medial epicondylitis or medial elbow tendinopathy.

The terminology has changed over the years and epicondylitis is now out of date as it is not felt that the epicondyle (a bony prominence where the muscles attach) is affected as much as the tendon is, thus the name has changed.

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow and golfer's elbow?

The symptoms of tennis elbow and golfer's elbow include pain and tenderness on the outer (tennis elbow) or inner (golfer's elbow) side of the elbow. Pain may radiate down the forearm, and individuals may experience difficulty with gripping or lifting objects. Weakness in the affected arm and stiffness in the elbow joint are common. These symptoms typically worsen with activity and can interfere with daily tasks requiring arm movement.

Can anyone get tennis or golfer's elbow?

The reason they have been nick-named tennis and golfers' elbow is that it is seen more commonly in these populations than in the general population. This does not mean that non-players of the sport cannot get it or vice versa anyone who plays tennis does get it, but the nicknames have stuck.

The nature of either condition is based on disruption to the tendon tissue that modulates muscle contraction across the wrist and elbow joint. Disruption is created by load, or resistance across the tissue depending on the kind of habits or activities we do regularly, and the tissue adaptation to that loading. Over a long period of time tissues become sensitive to load and cause pain on use.

Where to get treatment for tennis elbow and golfer's elbow?

For anyone suffering elbow pain, whether you play tennis or not, it is important not to ignore mild symptoms and dismiss them as something that will go away on their own. They may well do, but there is always the risk of it developing into something worse if ignored.

Treatment is aimed at improving the range of movement at the joint and reducing sensitivity in the affected muscle tissues. A rehab programme is then imperative to improve the tolerability of normal activities and return to normal.

How long does it take to recover from tennis elbow and golfer's elbow?

Recovery from tennis elbow and golfer's elbow varies based on severity and treatment response. In mild cases, healing may occur within a few weeks to a couple of months. However, more severe cases may require several months or longer for full recovery. Adhering to treatment recommendations and avoiding activities that aggravate the condition can expedite healing. The professionals at The Body Matters can provide personalised guidance for optimal recovery.

Can tennis elbow or golfer's elbow be prevented?

Preventing tennis elbow and golfer's elbow involves employing proper techniques and equipment during repetitive arm movements. Taking regular breaks to rest and stretch muscles, using correctly sized equipment, and gradually increasing activity intensity can help reduce strain on the arms. Strengthening forearm muscles through targeted exercises and maintaining overall physical fitness can also lower the risk. Seeking guidance from a therapist at The Body Matters regarding appropriate preventive measures tailored to specific activities is advisable.

Remote Consultations Available

We continue to use remote consultations to provide our services without physical interaction, if required, by shifting some appointments to video consultations.

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about treatments for tennis elbow and golfer's elbow in Southend-on-Sea & Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, and find out more about how The Body Matters can help you.

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We are open on weekdays and Saturdays, with early morning and evening appointments available on request. We offer remote consultations to provide our services without physical interaction.

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