Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is pain around the bone on the outside of your elbow. Also called lateral epicondyalgia, it is where several tendons originate, and these tendons run down the arm to the wrist and fingers and are involved in extending the wrist and fingers. Repetitive overuse of these muscles over time, or just an increase in use (such as a long weekend of DIY!) can lead to a painful reaction in this area. It is often sore to grip and the forearm can sometimes feel weak, even when doing relatively light activity such as lifting the kettle. There can also be joint tightness and increased tension of the radial nerve so exact treatment will depend on the exact findings of the assessment although it tends to revolve around a specific strengthening programme with soft tissue release techniques and joint mobilisations also key. Acupuncture can also be effective. This injury can often take a long time to clear up completely, but as with all injuries, the sooner you get it treated, the better.