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Tennis Elbow...Physiotherapy and massage therapy can help

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylopathy) is the most common injury that we see in the elbow. Though it is common among athletes it is also a common complaint in the general population. Tennis elbow is typically the result of repetitive overloading the wrist extensor muscles in the forearm. Common signs/symptoms include:

  • Pain on the outside of the elbow

  • Pain with turning and twisting 

  • Pain that may radiated down the forearm

  • Pain with repetitive use such as (using tools, mouse, painting, etc)

  • Pain and weakness with lifting 

  • Decreased grip strength

The treatment of tennis elbow should always start with a thorough assessment elbow, entire upper extremity and neck by a qualified health care professional such as a physiotherapist. A good assessment should reveal the underlying cause of the injury as well as any contributing factors that could possibly slow down on inhibit a full recovery. A treatment plan should then be developed to manage the injury. Common treatment options include:

  • Rest, ice and protection may be required for a period-of-time

  • Strengthening - Progressive exposure of load to the tissues

  • Modalities may be indicated to manage pain (US, laser, acupuncture, etc)

  • Treatment of other related pathologies, such as the neck dysfunctions 

  • Supportive bracing or sleeve

  • Massage therapy

  • Radial shockwave

If you are experiencing any elbow pain and need in resolving it contact us at one of our 2 convenient locations in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Or visit us at

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