Learn more about tennis elbow

Tennis Elbow

Don’t let the name fool you. This injury affects far more people than just tennis players. Quite a common injury and most people have seen somebody wearing the familiar tennis elbow brace at some point.

Our osteopaths will examine your elbow and surrounding areas to determine the cause, provide a diagnosis and give you a plan to get you using your arm again. 

What is tennis elbow?

Lateral epicondylitis is the technical name of tennis elbow, which is inflammation on the outside bony point of the elbow. It’s typically felt as a sharp pain that can become quite debilitating to the point where people can struggle to turn, lift or hold objects.

It is normally a repetitive strain injury that develops over time. As the name suggests it is found at high proportions in the tennis community but it is not just found in tennis players. Tradies from using scredrivers or hammering, desk workers from mouse work are 2 other groups of people who regularly get this condition.


Your osteopath will try to find the cause of your pain to adapt a treatment approach specific to you.

What causes tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is normally caused by repetitive use of the wrist and hand and progresses over time overloading the tendons attaching to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. 

Some of the repetetive actions that can irritate the tendons include:

playing tennis especially backhand strokes, painting, use of tools like hammers and screwdrivers, cutting while cooking, using a mouse at a desk.

 We will determine to find through our examination your specific cause and develop a treatment plan specific to your sciatica.


Possible causes

What causes your pain?

These are some of the specific conditions that impact your tennis elbow.

Muscle strain


Golfers elbow

Tennis elbow at The Osteo Collective

How we help.


Your practitioner will start by asking you questions about your pain. This will be followed by a physical assessment testing the range of motion of your elbow, palpating the surrounding muscles and performing some special tests. We will discuss with you our diagnosis and develop a plan with you to help you and your pain. 


Treatment with our osteopaths is a hands-on approach. After determining where, why and how you have developed your pain we will use a combination of soft tissue techniques, stretching, mobilisation and other joint related techniques. We also consider what you do day to day and develop a home treatment plan for you to implement. Often a tennis elbow brace will be recommended to help recover from this injury.


No one wants regular, recurring nagging chronic pain. Our exercise physiologist is the person to help with prevention. Improving your strength, function and flexibility, along with lifestyle changes will help prevent any future re-injuries. 

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