Elbow Pain (Tennis & Golfer's Elbow)

The most common elbow problems we treat at Delta are Tennis Elbow & Golfer's Elbow (epicondylitis). However, you can also experience pain the region from bursitis, arthritis, a loose body in the joint, the biceps tendon, fracture, or pain referred from the neck.


Epicondylitis is a condition where the tendons of the forearm develop pain and dysfunction where they attached to the bones in the elbow. You can feel pain on the inside or outside of the joint. This can be due to overuse, or due to degeneration of the tendons. You can commonly feel pain on gripping, lifting, and turning motions of the wrist.

Bursitis is inflammation of a sack of fluid that sits around the bony point of the elbow. This can be painful when resting your arms on a hard surface. Arthritis in the elbow is less common that in other joints, but presents as pain and stiffness on movement, and that movement can be restricted. A loose body is a small fragment of tissue that can 'float' around in the joint, causing pain, locking, and an inability to fully straighten the elbow. Biceps tendon pain usually manifests as pain on bending the elbow, lifting, and some forearm movements.

Treatments for elbow pain are joint mobilisations, soft tissue techniques, taping, injections, electrotherapy, and an exercise programme.

Contact Us for further information on how we can help with elbow pain.

*The information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice and we advise people to seek help for any complaint from one of our physiotherapists or other suitably qualified clinician.

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