Lateral Tendinopathy of the Elbow, also known as “Tennis Elbow”

What to know about the famous “Tennis Elbow”


First, it doesn’t just happen to tennis players. The majority of those with tendon pain that fits on the epicondyle do not play tennis; they make repetitive movements at work or their occupations (ex: mother), they do a rare activity such as painting the house during which they make only one sudden movement at the level of the hand / wrist that can trigger the pain.

This mainly occurs in those between the ages of 35 and 55, due to the morphological changes in the tendons which make them weaker and therefore more at risk. The pain occurs mainly when the tendons are inserted into the epicondyle.

The pain is mostly worse in the evening; in the morning, the elbow is stiffer. Grasping objects with your hand can exacerbate the pain and having your elbow extended will make everything worse.


The most important component of rehabilitation is to give rest to the painful arm by modifying your activities (e.g. reducing work / sport hours, delegating household tasks …). In physiotherapy, you will be shown an exercise program which will include light stretching exercises and progressive painless strengthening. In treatment, the therapist will apply the necessary modalities according to the condition.

For more information, don’t hesitate to call us at 450-430-4459.

Simon Dalle-Vedove, Physiotherapist at Physiothérapie Boisbriand

July 19, 2016