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Tennis Elbow Pain

March 6, 2024

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. We see lots of it at Beachside Physiotherapy. It is characterised by pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow, which can significantly impact daily activities and quality of life. Fortunately, physiotherapy offers a range of effective approaches to manage and alleviate this condition. In this article, we will explore the most effective physiotherapy approaches for treating tennis elbow, with a focus on techniques that have been proven to provide relief and promote healing.

Key Takeaways – elbow pain

  • Physiotherapy is highly effective in treating tennis elbow, offering non-surgical options to alleviate pain and restore function.
  • Manual Therapy, Exercise Therapy, and Shockwave Therapy are among the top approaches used by physiotherapists.
  • Preventive Measures and Education on ergonomics and activity modification play a crucial role in managing tennis elbow.

Understanding Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a form of tendinopathy that results from overuse or strain on the forearm muscles and tendons. It’s not limited to tennis players; anyone who performs repetitive wrist and arm movements can be affected.

Symptoms and Causes

  • Pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow
  • Weak grip strength
  • Causes include repetitive wrist and arm movements

Physiotherapy Approaches


Manual Therapy

Manual therapy techniques such as massage, mobilisation, and manipulation can help reduce pain and improve function in individuals with tennis elbow.

Exercise Therapy

A cornerstone of tennis elbow treatment, exercise therapy focuses on strengthening and stretching the forearm muscles to relieve pain and prevent recurrence.

  • Eccentric exercises are particularly effective in promoting tendon healing.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses sound waves to stimulate healing in the tendon.

  • It’s effective in reducing pain and improving function.

Preventive Measures and Education

Educating patients on ergonomics and activity modification is essential to prevent the recurrence of tennis elbow.

  • Ergonomic adjustments to work and sports equipment can significantly reduce strain on the elbow.

Incorporating Technology in Treatment

Shockwave Therapy: A Closer Look

Shockwave therapy has emerged as a promising treatment for tennis elbow, offering pain relief and accelerated healing without the need for invasive procedures.

  • Mechanism of Action: Shockwave therapy works by delivering high-energy sound waves to the affected area, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes.

Indications and Benefits

  • Suitable for chronic tennis elbow cases that have not responded to conventional treatments
  • Can reduce pain and improve elbow function within just a few sessions

Treatment Protocol

  • Typically involves 3-6 sessions, spaced 4-6 days apart
  • Non-invasive with minimal side effects

For more information on shockwave therapy and its benefits for tennis elbow, visit Beachside Physiotherapy’s Shockwave Therapy page.

Video Resources

To complement the information provided in this article, here are three YouTube videos that offer valuable insights into effective physiotherapy approaches for tennis elbow:

  1. “Tennis Elbow? Absolute Best Self-Treatment, Exercises, & Stretches.” –
  2. “Exercises for Tennis Elbow” –
  3. “How to Treat Tennis Elbow with 3 Effective Exercises” –

These videos provide practical advice and demonstrations of exercises and treatments that can be performed at home or with the guidance of a physiotherapist.


Tennis elbow can be a debilitating condition, but with the right physiotherapy approaches, individuals can achieve significant pain relief and return to their normal activities. By combining manual therapy, exercise therapy, shockwave therapy, and preventive education, physiotherapists can offer a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the root causes of tennis elbow and promotes long-term health and wellness.

For those seeking help please reach out to us in Cronulla @ beachside physiotherapy. With the right care and guidance, recovery is not only possible but expected.

Remember, early intervention is key to preventing the progression of tennis elbow. If you’re experiencing symptoms, consult with a physiotherapist to explore your treatment options.

We truly hope this article helps you. If you need us we are always here to help.


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