Tennis elbow Advice

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What is Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)?

Tennis elbow is a painful problem that affects the tendons around the elbow joint. You will commonly feel pain on the outside of the elbow. It is thought to occur due to overloading/ misusing these tendons through heavy or repetitive manual work or activities. It is most common in people who repeatedly use their hand for gripping activities either at work or through sport.

Managing your symptoms


The following are suitable exercises to stretch and strengthen the forearm muscles. You may feel slight discomfort doing the exercises but should not feel pain. If an exercise causes pain, stop and try in again in few days time

Exercise Instruction
Straighten your arm and pull your wrist back towards you (making sure you are not just bending the fingers). You should feel a stretch on the inside of your forearm.
Hold for 20- 30 seconds and repeat 5 times during the day.
Straighten your arm and bend your wrist so your fingers point down. You should feel the stretch on the outside of the forearm.
Hold for 20- 30 seconds and repeat 5 times during the day.
Start this exercise with no weight and then progress to holding a small weight (tin of beans).
With your forearm on table, bend your wrist up as far as possible and hold for 3 seconds and then return to starting position.
Do 15 times, three times a day as pain allows. This can be gradually increased.

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If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended:

Mercy Injury Unit, Gurranabraher (021)4926900

LIU Mallow(022)58506

LIU Bantry(027)52900

Content by Louise Martin, physiotherapist CUH, Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan 05/10/2019. Last reviewed Dr IOS 17/06/21.