Tennis Elbow


Contrary to what the name suggests, you don't have to play tennis to suffer from this condition!  It is actually very common and probably makes up for most of the repetitive strain injuries that we treat.  It is a very painful and debilitating condition which causes intense aching at the lateral (outside) of the elbow (see photo below) and can also cause sharp pains in the same area when we try to pick something up or open a stiff door handle or even pick up the kettle!  It is caused by repetitive extension actions of the wrist and is therefore common in the trades industry due to repetitive actions such as painting, hammering or sawing.  Other occupations that can cause this strain include office workers (typing and mouse work), hairdressers (cutting and hair drying) and cleaners (back and forth wiping/dusting movements).  If left untreated, the condition can quickly become chronic and have a large impact on our ability to work, enjoy our hobbies, play sports or even pick up our children.

Osteopathic treatment is very effective at resolving this condition and is aimed at the muscles of the forearm (extensors) which are very tight and short and are causing an excess pull/strain at the elbow where they attach to.  As well as releasing these muscles we will encourage more mobility at the elbow and shoulder to make sure these joints are working properly and are not feeding into the problem too.  We will advise you on ice application and on safe working conditions to avoid aggravating the condition and if appropriate, elbow strapping devices to use to rest the elbow.  During your treatment, we will also give you some stretches at home to help the healing process and to prevent this condition reoccurring.


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Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic

The Lords wood Osteopathic Clinic was established and is run by Sue Jennings, BSc (Hons), Osteopath. The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic is situated on the ground floor of Lordswood Leisure Centre, North Dane Way, Chatham, with plenty of free parking and disabled access. The clinic is open during the daytime on Monday to Friday, evening appointments available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic staff are all registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).