Tennis Elbow

Now that the Australian Open for 2018 has come to an end, we thought we would chat about the very common issue of Tennis Elbow in this week’s blog.

Not Just for Tennis Players

Don’t be fooled by the name of this condition, because a lot of the time, playing tennis is rarely the contributing factor to developing this pain. It’s also not always caused by heavy, manual work. Did you know that just about anyone can get tennis elbow, no matter what work they do?

What’s Tennis Elbow All About?

As the elbow is one of the most active joints in the body, it’s constantly working, day-in and day-out, for even for the smallest of tasks with your arms. However, it is sometimes these finer, lighter movements every day, for years and years that can eventuate into tennis elbow.

It can actually be the repetition of such light work that can cause substantial strain on this joint. In terms of light work, we’re talking about things like:

– Typing on your computer
– Fine, intricate assembly work
– Food preparation

Each of these everyday tasks are examples of how discomfort can arise and how nerves can become trapped or altered. Not to mention, how a whole host of repetitive strain injuries can arise. It’s important to remember that you may also suffer with elbow pain as the result of an event, such as a fall or from degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis.

Why Is Tennis Elbow a Tricky Condition?

We see patients often dealing with their Tennis Elbow for many months undiagnosed. This is because it’s generally a low-grade, irritating and annoying pain at first that gradually gets worse overtime. Because of this, many people ignore the pain and put up with it. This only makes matters worse!

What Fixes Tennis Elbow?

While physiotherapy is a highly effective way to relieve elbow pain, it can be hard to completely avoid triggers. Because of this, long-term management is vital. Here’s an idea of how physiotherapy and your local physiotherapist can treat and manage painful elbows:

  • Early physiotherapy can relieve elbow pain
  • Strapping to support the joint and ligaments
  • Education on how to manage your condition: such as tips on rest breaks, stretching and appropriate gripping technique.

Over the years, our experienced and highly qualified team have treated many elbows successfully, with fantastic outcomes for our patients. Many have now resumed to a happier, less painful everyday life without elbow pain hindering their every move.

Get On Top Of Your Pain Today With Progressive

You can be confident our qualified and highly skilled physiotherapists will get to the source of your elbow pain, recommend the best treatment options and help you find relief. Contact Progressive Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 47217798 or email: info@progressiverehab.com.au. Alternatively, you can make an online appointment booking by clicking here.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

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, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.