Tennis Elbow. Golfers Elbow. Repetitive Strain Injury. Lateral Epicondylitis. Tendinopathy.
“It’s painful on the outside of my elbow/ upper arm.”
“It hurts to lift or bend my elbow.”
“It’s painful when I grip small objects.”
“I struggle to twist a door handle, lift a kettle or open a jar.”
Why is it hurting?
This problem is often caused by overuse or by a repetitive strain injury of the forearm muscles. When your muscles or tendons are strained, tiny tears develop, and these cause inflammation. If this injury cycle is repeated multiple times without allowing time for your muscles to heal, then a repetitive strain injury (RSI) can occur.
Will further investigations be necessary?
Typically, no. A qualified Chiropractor, Sports Therapist or Physiotherapist will be able to diagnose this problem quite quickly without the use of any invasive tests or imaging (X-rays, CAT scans, etc.).
What’s the outlook?
These types of injury respond very well to a course of conservative care. A combination of soft tissue massage, dry needling, stretches, exercises and joint manipulation can help to fully cure this nagging problem. However, if there is too much damage, we can refer you to your GP for a corticoid-steroid injection or onward referral to an orthopaedic surgeon.