What is Tennis Elbow

Carl Petersen, physiotherapist, discusses tennis elbow symptoms and treatments.

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Carl Petersen, physiotherapist, discusses tennis elbow symptoms and treatments.
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Featuring Carl Petersen, BPE, BScPT
What is Tennis Elbow
Duration: 1 minute, 2 seconds

Tennis elbow - which is a generic term for pain in the lateral aspect of the elbow - can occur in squash players from the repetitive nature of the strokes they use.

With tennis elbow, you'll feel pain and an aching into the lateral aspect of the elbow. It may be point tenderness just on the bone on the outside and the muscles in the forearm will be extremely tight and stiff and often painful to touch.

We can treat tennis elbow by using ice and applying that on a regular basis to the muscles and to the outside of the tendon. But we can also help to protect the area by using a tennis elbow strap, which is placed over the area and spreads the load so that they're not getting as much tension to the lateral epicondyle.

One of the most important things you should do is see a registered physiotherapist. They will give you a proper diagnosis as well as to ensure that you're doing all the right things to decrease the problems associated with this common injury and get back on the road to playing.

Presenter: Mr. Carl Petersen, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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