Tennis Elbow

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Wonder how Tennis Elbow occurs or What is the treatment of Tennis Elbow? Look no further, for Alleviate Physiotherapy is here to help heal tennis elbow through therapeutic measures.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, is pain or discomfort around the lateral (outer) part of the elbow. It is common in tennis players, hence the name.

How does Tennis Elbow occur?

There is a bunch of tendons that attach to this bony structure, which gets inflamed due to repetitive forearm movements. Some of the more common activities which can result in a Tennis Elbow are playing racket sports, hammering, handing screw drivers manually, typing, tailoring or heavy construction work like plumbing.
It comes under the cascade of repetitive strain injuries associated with work or job structure. However, the other reasons why this condition occurs can be reduced strength or tightness in muscles around the elbow joint or poor technique of using devices in the above-mentioned work activities. The symptoms can last from a few days to 3 months depending upon the cause and effect.

What happens when you get a Tennis Elbow?

The manifestations include excessive pinpoint pain and tenderness at the lateral epicondyle, difficulty, and pain in forearm during gripping or lifting activities.

Can it affect the neck?

In some cases, there can be associated with neck stiffness. The movements at the elbow are usually not restricted unless tightness of the primers is involved.

How to diagnose Tennis Elbow?

Tennis Elbow can be diagnosed by a precise assessment and evaluation by our trained physiotherapists who usually undertake manual muscle testing, joint range of motion and a set of special tests to confirm the presence of a Tennis Elbow.

What are the ways to heal a Tennis Elbow?

At Alleviate Physiotherapy – Etobicoke, our aim is to provide you with the best-in-class treatment modules that will help you rehabilitate to a point of complete movement and going back to your life.
Various rehabilitative strategies include:

  1. Mobilization with Movement (MWM by Mulligan)
  2. Cupping Therapy
  3. Myofascial Release Therapy
  4. Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  5. Neuro Functional Electrical Stimulation
  6. Cryotherapy
  7. Taping
  8. Graston Technique and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  9. Custom Bracing and Straps

There can also be strengthening, flexibility and general conditioning exercises that help overcome the symptoms.

Can I go back to playing sports after it?

Sport specific conditioning and return to the game can be encouraged pretty much with physiotherapy of proper nature. Use of techniques and positioning by our expert Physiotherapists can further prevent worsening of symptoms and chances of recurrence.


At Alleviate we believe in improving your quality of life with our rehabilitation programs. For this, we find it necessary to educate and inform all our patients and prospective

patients that have faced an injury or been in any accident.

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