Tennis / Golfers Elbow

Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki

Tendonitis of the elbow is often referred to as tennis elbow or golfers elbow due to its common occurrence in tennis players and golfers, but in fact any sport or activity that requires gripping can cause this problem. For example, it is sometimes referred to as rowing elbow or hand shaking politicians elbow.

  • Pain on the outer part of the elbow
  • Pain from gripping and movements of the wrist, especially wrist extension and lifting movements
  • Pain from activities that use the muscles that extends the wrist (e.g., pouring a container of liquid, lifting with the palm down)
  • Morning stiffness

Evidence suggests that joint mobilization with movement directed at the elbow reduces pain and improves function. Positive results have been found with manipulative therapy directed at the cervical spine.

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