Do you Have Tennis Elbow?
Written by: Sasha Guay, Registered Physiotherapist, MSc(PT)
Are you experiencing pain on the outer part of your elbow? (Also known as the lateral aspect of your elbow)
Take a look at these simple tests you can do to assess if you have lateral epicondylitis (AKA TENNIS ELBOW 🎾). Often pain in this area is blanketed with the term tennis elbow, however there are various differential diagnoses possible, which physiotherapists can help you rule out.
Studies show that people will typically resolve their lateral elbow pain in 1 year if they just wait and have no treatment, however intervention with physiotherapy can significantly reduce the time it takes to resolve the pain and have fewer reoccurrences of pain.
Note that passive therapy, such as a corticosteroid injection, is shown to have short term pain relief but actually does WORSE in the long term.
Sasha Guay, MSc(PT)
Sasha joined the GRSM team in May 2019. She completed her Sports Physiotherapy Fellowship at the University of Guelph, following her Masters in Physiotherapy at Queen’s. She is in the process of completing her manual therapy levels and is looking forward to obtaining her acupuncture certification. She is passionate about working with athletes and has enjoyed working with a Minor Midget AAA hockey team, varsity lacrosse at the University of Guelph and Western, as well as rugby clubs at International events. She’s excited to work in the GRSM atmosphere, as she comes from a background of sport herself. She played varsity rugby at the University of Western Ontario while completing her undergrad in Kinesiology. She has competed in a variety of other sports, such as hockey, soccer and field hockey. Passions outside of physiotherapy include hiking, spending time with her friends, family and dog, cooking and interval training.