Chiropractic and tennis elbow

Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), results from gripping object repeatedly.

Tennis Elbow

This is the name given to pain on the outside of the elbow joint, this pain arises from inflammation or irritation of the tendon that attaches to the bone at the outside of the wrist (lateral epicondyle). If the tendon on the inside of the elbow is involved, this is called medial epicondylitis or golfers elbow. Golfers elbow is not as common as tennis elbow.


The main causes of epicondylitis are not only tennis and golf, as any activity or exercise which involves gripping or twisting an object with your hand repetitively, can lead to inflammation of the tendons and pain. Some of these common activities include carrying heavy bags, knitting, chopping food and one of the main causes, working at a computer with an incorrect set up. Most often problems with sport will arise if you are either new to the sport, or if you have been away from the sport from any length of time and don’t grade your return.  In severe cases the problem can develop into difficulty gripping objects as light as a cup of coffee.


Epicondylitis rarely resolves by itself and usually required some form of intervention. Here at Johns Green Chiropractic clinic in Kilkenny, we will go through a full medical history and examination of the area. After this we will outline the best treatment options available to you and give you a time line of what to expect progress to be. Finding the exact cause of why the problem came on in the first place is key to your chiropractor sorting the problem. Sometimes issues in the neck, shoulder or wrist can be changing how your elbow is working and these areas will also be assessed. Depending the exact problem and cause, treatment may include, rest, ice, stretching, bracing, chiropractic adjustments to the neck, elbow, shoulder and/or wrist.

For more information on this problem or to have a chat with our chiropractor here in the clinic in Kilkenny please call 0567715775 or email