Tennis Elbow – Very Common, Very Manageable

Due to our close relationship with the Nepean District Tennis Association in this blog we’re talking Tennis Elbow!

Despite popular belief, elbow pain can arise from a variety of contributing factors, not just from playing tennis.

When you think about it, your elbow is constantly moving in a repetitive motion. Everyday tasks and everyday living demands your elbows to be at work.

So, it’s no wonder that from time to time just about anyone can develop a sore elbow. It’s a lot more of a common pain than you think and we definitely see it here in our clinic.

 

Everyday triggers of elbow pain can include the following simple tasks & movements:

– Typing

– Intricate assembly work

– Food preparation

Repetitive movements such as these can potentially cause discomfort and pain as a result of strain injuries or possible nerve entrapment.

 

Of course, elbow pain can also arise from a particular event such as:

– A fall

– Sporting accident

Osteoarthritis can also be a leading cause of elbow pain as we continue to age. It’s important to treat your elbow pain as long-term pain can result in poor mobility and hinder you from your usual activities.

While physio is a highly effective way to manage elbow pain, it can be difficult to avoid triggers during treatment. This is why a long-term treatment plan is recommended.

Don’t put up with your elbow pain any longer. Contact the Progressive Physiotherapy team on (02) 4721 7798 for a thorough assessment and tailored treatment plan.

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.