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Epicondylitis

Tennis elbow/golfer's elbow

A painful condition which typically arises spontaneously near the elbow joint

About epicondylitis

Epicondylitis can occur in the lateral (outside) or medial (inside) of the elbow. These are known colloquially as tennis or golfer's elbow. It is a self-limiting condition, meaning it will eventually get better on its own but treatments can help to speed up the recovery.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of¬†epicondylitis? icon plus

    Symptoms of epicondylitis can include:

    • Pain on the outer or inner part of your elbow
    • Point tenderness over the the prominent part of the bone on your elbow, either on the inside or outside
    • Pain from gripping and movements of your wrist, especially wrist extension and lifting movements
    • Pain from activities that use the muscles that extend your wrist (for example, pouring a container of liquid, lifting with the palm down)
    • Occasionally morning stiffness
  • How is epicondylitis diagnosed? icon plus

    Your consultant will perform a clinical examination to check whether your symptoms correspond to either tennis or golfer's elbow. The best method to tell the difference is where the pain is located. If pain occurs on the inside of the elbow it is golfer's elbow. If pain occurs on the outside it is tennis elbow.

    Symptoms that are assessed include whether you experience:

    • a radiating pain from the outside of the elbow to the forearm and wrist
    • pain during extension of the wrist
    • weakness of the forearm
    • a painful grip while shaking hands or turning a doorknob
    • painful keyboard use
    • not being able to hold relatively heavy items in your hand. 
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    These injuries are caused by over use. The best treatment is to rest and make lifestyle changes. A number of treatments can alleviate the pain associated with epicondylitis:

    Your consultant can advise you on these options and refer you for physiotherapy. In cases where the pain is not being eased, surgery may be offered. There are many variations on the exact surgical method which may involve removing or repairing a weakened area of tendon, either through a small incision or via keyhole techniques.

Our shoulder and elbow consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic consultants, who specialise in problems with the shoulder and elbow, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
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Our locations

From complex orthopaedic surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopedic and sport injury care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959
    Post COVID Recovery service 020 7483 5348

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

  • Platinum Medical Centre facility

    Platinum Medical Centre

    Platinum Medical Centre, 15 - 17 Lodge Road

    London

    NW8 7JA

    Call 020 7483 5148

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

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    Chelsea Outpatient Centre

    280 Kings Road

    London SW3 5AW

    Call 020 7881 4114
    Opening times 8am - 8pm

Request an orthopaedic appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with an experienced orthopaedic or sports medicine consultant. We can also arrange imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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