Epicondalgia lateralis - tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is characterized by pain on the outside of the elbow. There can also be loss of strength when stretching the wrist. The symptoms occur gradually and can usually be traced back to a short period of overexertion. Building work, heavy lifting or something similar. Treatment can consist of advice, exercise therapy and pressure massage.


Tennis elbow (also known as epicondilitis/epicondalgia lateralis) is a common complaint. It is an overuse complaint of the extensors of the wrist and hand (extensor carpi radialis longus/brevis muscle). Tennis elbow is most common in adults aged between 40 and 50 years. The symptoms often occur as a result of prolonged/repeated performance of a one-sided activity. Think about the use of a computer mouse.


With tennis elbow, you experience symptoms on the outside of the elbow. These symptoms can radiate to the forearm and/or wrist. The symptoms occur when stretching the wrist/hand. Picking up an object overhead or wringing out a cloth. In addition, warmth and swelling can be symptoms of tennis elbow and loss of strength in the wrist.


The symptoms have a gradual origin and increase over time. Physiotherapy can promote recovery.


The physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal are able to diagnose tennis elbow at an early stage. This is done using information from the interview, palpation of the affected muscle, general examination of the elbow and wrist/hand together with a number of specific tests to confirm tennis elbow.


Treatment by one of our physiotherapists will consist of advice, (homework) exercises and frictions (pressure massage). Complete rest is not necessary, try to keep moving but don't look for painful activities all the time. At Fysiofitaal we work with you to ensure your speedy recovery!

Do you suffer from tennis elbow or other elbow complaints? Make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists.

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