Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain and discomfort in the outer elbow. Although it’s a common injury among tennis players it can also occur from many otheractivities such as painting, lifting weights, or typing on a keyboard. A common presentation of tennis elbow is pain at the outside of the elbow when lifitng or gripping. While this condition is painful and can be debilitating, it can be succesfully treated by acupuncture.

Tennis elbow occurs when there are changes at the orign of the common extensor tendon at the elbow. It generally results from dysfunction of the wrist anmd extensor muscles and treatment of these are essential to achieve a good outcome. 

Acupuncture for tennis elbow works by targeting the affected area and surrounding muscles. The acupuncturist inserts the needles into specific points that relate to the elbow and forearm, which can help promote blood flow, reduce inflammation, improve nerve conduction and restore normal function to the muscles. Acupuncture is a natural treatment option, meaning that it has minimal side effects compared to other forms of treatment.

At our acupuncture clinic, we take a comprehensive approach to treating tennis elbow. We begin by taking a thorough medical history, and physical examination, to determine the root cause of the pain. Based on our findings, we develop a personalised treatment plan aimed at reducing inflammation, pain and improving range of motion and strength. Alongside acupuncture treatment we will often include stretching, rehabilitative exercises and myofascial release as part of the treamtment.

A course of multiple acupuncture sessions are usually required, and progress is monitored throughout treatment. We work with our patients to create a schedule according to their needs, and generally suggest that patients come in twice a week initally and space treatment out as they improve to see the best results. 

In conclusion, acupuncture offers an effective, natural treatment option for tennis elbow. It offers patients a gentle and minimally-invasive option for dealing with the pain and inflammation caused by this common condition. If you're experiencing tennis elbow, we encourage you to book an appointment with our highly skilled and experienced acupuncturists. We're here to help, and we believe that we can help you find the pain relief you need.