What is elbow pain?

Elbow pain is typically felt on either the outside of the elbow, called tennis elbow or extensor tendinopathy, or on the inside of the elbow, called Golfer’s elbow or flexor tendinopathy. You do not have to play tennis or golf to have these symptoms!


Both Golfer’s and Tennis elbow are tendon injuries (where the muscle connects to the bone). They are typically caused by gradual over load of the tendon. This can be caused by general activities such as computer use or overuse from sports. Most elbow pain is caused by a problem up higher in the upper back, neck or shoulder which can cause excessive loading onto the elbow. This results in pain and weakness in the wrist and hand movements.

How is it treated?

Elbow pain is typically treated with ice, rest from very aggravating activities and exercises to stimulate healing of the tendon. Other physiotherapy treatment may include dry needling and soft tissue release for the forearm, shoulder and neck. It is important to note the condition is painful but usually harmless and to keep using the arm during the day to promote healing. Full rest often makes the tendon worse and extends the recovery time. The underlying causes of the elbow pain can also be addressed to ensure a speedy recovery.

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How long does it take to get better?

Tendons are typically slow to repair and can take up to 8-12 weeks for full resolution with the appropriate treatment. However, the majority of pain will have settled by then. Your Physiotherapist will be able to provide a more accurate prognosis depending on your diagnosis.

If you are suffering with elbow pain, contact Ergoworks Physiotherapy today!

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