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The University Medical Centre, 5 Pritchatts Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2QU

Tennis Elbow

What is it?

Tennis elbow is a condition that causes pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. The pain can be mild and only cause some pain on gripping activities, or it can be very severe, and constant enough to disrupt sleep at night.

What causes it?

Most people we see with this aren't actually tennis players! It's caused usually by too much gripping and twisting of your wrist, such as using a paintbrush, or the garden sheers. It can also be caused by gripping the mouse of the computer too much, or in an awkward position. The condition is caused by a problem with the tendon that joins your forearm muscles onto the outside of your elbow, it's called the common extensor tendon. The tendon can become very irritated, and if it remains irritated for some time it can begin to break down and weaken.

What can we do for it?

Modifying activities in the short term can help the tendon settle down. Taping techniques, soft tissue release techniques and acupuncture can all help the process of it settling. Specific strengthening exercises to help rebuild the tendon are usually necessary, especially if the elbow has been sore for some time. Completing a rehab programme for the elbow can help prevent the problem returning.

To arrange an appointment or to speak to a physiotherapist, call us on 0121 687 3079 or email admin@physioart.co.uk


Edgbaston Priory & Aston University

We now have a clinic at Edgbaston Priory Club all day on Tuesdays and on Wednesday mornings, and at Aston University on a Thursday morning. Please click on the links below for details of these locations.

  • Edgbaston Priory
  • Aston Sport


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Relationships we've built

Over the years we have built up a relationship and mutual respect with various organisations. We also offer discount rates for some of these clubs.

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