top of page

Tennis Elbow OR Golfer's Elbow

Headache location

What is Tennis Elbow and Golfer's Elbow?

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that affects the outer part of the elbow. Contrary to its name, you don't have to be a tennis player to develop it. It can occur in anyone who repeatedly performs gripping or wrist-extending motions, such as lifting weights, typing, or using hand tools.

On the contrary, Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, affects the inner part of the elbow. Again,

it's not exclusive to golfers; it can trouble anyone who frequently engages in activities requiring repetitive wrist flexion or gripping, such as gardening, painting, or playing instruments.

Causes of Tennis Elbow and Golfer's Elbow

While the root cause of tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are both in the name, let’s take a look at a few conditions in which these injuries can exacerbate.

  • Overuse: The primary cause of both conditions is overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons, leading to small tears and inflammation.

  • Incorrect Technique: Using improper technique in sports like tennis and golf can exacerbate the risk of developing these conditions.

  • Age: As we age, tendons become less flexible and more prone to injury, making older individuals more susceptible.

  • Work-Related Factors: Jobs that involve repetitive wrist and forearm motions, like carpentry or plumbing, can increase the risk of developing these conditions.

Common Symptoms of Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow

For tennis elbow, some major symptoms of this injury include pain on the outer part of the elbow that worsens with gripping or lifting, weakness in the forearm, or stiffness and discomfort when extending the wrist.

On the other hand, the most common manifestations of a golfer’s elbow include pain on the inner part of the elbow that worsens with wrist flexion or gripping, weakness in the forearm, difficulty with fine motor tasks like gripping a pen or turning a doorknob.

How Osteopathy Can Help

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. When it comes to tennis elbow and golfer's elbow, osteopathic treatment can offer relief and aid in prevention in many ways.

  1. Manual Therapy: Osteopathic practitioners use hands-on techniques to gently manipulate and mobilize the affected joint, reducing pain and improving range of motion.

  2. Soft Tissue Manipulation: Soft tissue techniques, like myofascial release, can help relax and release tension in the forearm muscles and tendons.

  3. Exercises and Rehabilitation: Osteopaths often prescribe specific exercises to strengthen the forearm and improve flexibility, which can help prevent future injuries.

  4. Lifestyle and Ergonomic Advice: Osteopaths provide guidance on proper techniques for activities that may contribute to these conditions, helping patients make adjustments to their daily routines.

  5. Pain Management: Osteopaths can provide pain management strategies, including advice on ice and heat therapy, to alleviate discomfort.

With effective osteopathic management, it can help to both cure and prevent tennis elbow and golfer's elbow. By understanding the causes, recognizing the symptoms, and seeking osteopathic care, you can serve up relief and get back to doing what you love – whether it's hitting the courts or teeing off on the golf course.

bottom of page