Tennis elbow can be a debilitating condition, making even simple daily tasks painful. At Physicum, we often encounter this complaint in our physiotherapy practice and understand the impact it can have on your life. Fortunately, there are effective ways to treat this condition - and a key part of that treatment is targeted exercises. In this article, we share valuable information and practical exercises to help you on your path to recovery.

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition characterized by pain and inflammation on the outside of the elbow. It commonly affects people who perform repetitive arm and wrist movements, such as tennis players, but also individuals engaged in other activities requiring similar motions. The pain can range from mild to severe and can make performing daily activities challenging.

It is important to note that the issue of tennis elbow is not always confined to the elbow itself. Often, it can arise due to underlying problems in other parts of the body, such as the shoulder. Shoulder issues, such as limited mobility or muscle weakness, can lead to increased strain on the elbow during activities that require repetitive arm movements (such as tennis). Therefore, in treating tennis elbow, it is also essential to address any underlying issues in adjacent joints, such as the shoulder. A holistic approach, considering the entire musculoskeletal system, can contribute to effective treatment and the prevention of recurrent complaints.

The importance of exercises in treating tennis elbow

Exercises play a crucial role in treating tennis elbow. They help strengthen the muscles around the elbow, improve flexibility and mobility, and reduce pain and inflammation. By regularly performing specific exercises, you can accelerate your recovery and regain functionality.

Effective exercises for tennis elbow

Stretching the forearm muscles

Strength-building exercises

Functional exercises

Tips for safely performing exercises

When performing exercises for tennis elbow, it is important to listen to your body. See what works and gradually increase the intensity. Ensure you execute the techniques correctly and stop immediately if you feel pain during the movement.

Our advice for recovery: consistency and patience

Effective exercises play an essential role in treating tennis elbow. By regularly stretching and performing strengthening and functional exercises, you can accelerate your recovery and return to a life without pain and limitations.

Recovery from tennis elbow can take time, so be patient and stay consistent in performing your exercises. It is better to have a brief moment of attention every day than to do a lot occasionally and nothing for an extended period - small consistent steps yield the best long-term results.

Also, stay in touch with your physiotherapist for guidance and support during your recovery process. If you need help or have questions about your recovery, feel free to contact us! Take our matching test and discover how Physicum can help you with personalized advice tailored to your needs.