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What is tennis elbow?

Sometimes called lateral epicondylitis, this is an overuse injury that is one of the commonest causes of pain in the elbow. It causes pain over the outer side of the elbow especially when objects are gripped, when the wrist is cocked back and when heavy objects are lifted. Sometimes the pain also radiates along the forearm.

It occurs when the muscle that attaches to the outer elbow (lateral epicondyle) becomes overworked. Although its name comes from the fact that it can be seen in tennis players who have poor back hand stroke techniques, it is also commonly seen in people who perform repetitive wrist and elbow movements of a similar type, such as other racket sports players, manual workers and people who use computers for long periods.

How is it diagnosed?

Diagnosis by a specialist is usually straightforward and further tests are usually not necessary. X-rays may be performed to exclude other causes for tennis elbow pain. In some cases that are not as clear cut, an ultrasound scan may be performed to confirm the diagnosis.

How is Tennis Elbow treated?

Most cases will respond to simple measures. The first line treatment for Tennis Elbow is to correct any provoking factors. Changing the way objects are lifted or swing technique in racket sports can help reduce the pain. In addition, simple anti-inflammatory tablets and painkillers can also help. Appropriate stretches and muscle strengthening exercises, usually under the guidance of a physiotherapist are also important. Avoiding repetitive movements and correct warming-up and stretching techniques can also help to prevent  tennis elbow. A tennis elbow strap is also effective in reducing pain, but some find this difficult to wear for long periods.

What if these don’t help?

Sometimes the condition does not respond to these simple measures and the pain becomes longstanding (chronic). In these cases other tennis elbow treatments are considered. A steroid injection may be suggested, but the evidence for this being of lasting benefit in tennis elbow is poor. We prefer to use Shockwave Treatment for Tennis Elbow as the next line of treatment and have had excellent results with this needle-free, outpatient procedure in 65-70% of patients. This treatment induces a healing response that has a higher chance of curing the condition.

We have also used platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections in some resistant cases. This works by injecting healing cells derived from the affected persons own blood into the affected area.

As a last resort, in patients with severe symptoms that have not responded to all other tennis elbow treatment, mini-incision day surgery is considered. Our technique does not involve a large scar or weeks of pain and limitation as we use modern technology and techniques.

Advanced Treatment for Tendinopathy Pain

Tendon problems are common and painful. They often severely limit daily and sports activities. They are sometimes not treated as well as they could be and this can lead to longer-term problems.

We are different. We specialise in treating Tendon and Soft-Tissue problems, including Plantar fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy, Patella tendinopathy, Tennis Elbow and IT band problems.

What We Offer

Detailed assessment including rapid access to modern scans

Accurate diagnosis

Liaison with your own physiotherapist

Personalised treatments driven by clinical evidence and our own results

All treatments performed in our clinic

The latest and best technology

At the Forefront of Tendon Pain Treatment

Our team are active in research into tendon pain and in the education of other practitioners.

Don’t worry.  We have wide experience so if your pain is not due to a tendon problem, we will ensure that you get the right treatment for your problem quickly and efficiently.

Let our Specialist approach to Tendon Pain help speed your recovery

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Patient Stories

my pain disappeared and has not returned in over 18 months

I was suffering from plantar fasciitis and this made walking even short distances painful and made me limp. I was assessed in the clinic in detail and any other things that might have been causing… Read more “my pain disappeared and has not returned in over 18 months”

Nicola
Plantar Fasciitis

Strongly recommend this form of treatment

I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis under my right heel 2 years ago which during the course of time became very painful and unbearable to walk on. I was unable to walk at a reasonable… Read more “Strongly recommend this form of treatment”

Chaaya
Plantar Fasciitis

I now have only slight discomfort

My condition made walking painful and was also made worse if I had been sitting in the same position for a while, for example, driving. I also had problems if I slept on my left… Read more “I now have only slight discomfort”

Jayne
Trochanteric bursitis/ITB syndrome

Delighted with the treatment

I became a patient after developing an Achilles tendon problem that had failed to heal after 12 months of physiotherapy treatment. I had been unable to run or participate in many sports, even routine walking… Read more “Delighted with the treatment”

Yvette
Achilles Tendinopathy

Changed my life completely, cannot thank you enough

I was in pain daily. I dreaded walking up or down stairs for a few years. I had to give up my hobbies due to the pain. Before I was seen in the clinic I… Read more “Changed my life completely, cannot thank you enough”

Scott
Patella Tendinopathy

Highly recommend to others, without hesitation

All walking resulted in excruciating, debilitating pain affecting every aspect of everyday and social life. I also sufffered from constant broken sleep caused by pressure when lying on the affected hip. Sleeping on my back… Read more “Highly recommend to others, without hesitation”

Veronica
Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

I would recommend the treatment my pain and swelling decreased

I was suffering from patella tendinopathy. I am a contemporary dance and ballet student and this affected my education. I tried eccentric work for about 8 months and had no result at all. I had… Read more “I would recommend the treatment my pain and swelling decreased”

Eimi
Patellar Tendinopathy

back to doing my activities and lots of walking

I had patella tendonitis and this affected my sports activities.  I had to stop tap dancing and tennis – too painful! Even walking became painful.  The knee was very unreliable on stairs etc. as kept… Read more “back to doing my activities and lots of walking”

Claire
Patellar Tendinopathy

bursitis greatly improved

I developed trochanteric bursitis and had a couple of steroid injections that helped but not for long.  I also had hip arthritis and had a successful hip replacement which allowed me to be much more… Read more “bursitis greatly improved”

Susan
Trochanteric bursitis

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