Tennis elbow aka lateral epicondylalgia is a condition usually related to the overuse of the muscles and tendons which attach at the outer elbow.
With more people interacting with PCs and laptops to communicate during the COVID-19 restrictions, here at the clinic, we have seen a significant increase in tennis elbow cases.
The condition causes pain and sensitivity at the outer elbow and often along the back of the forearm. Gripping, lifting and carrying as well as working on a keyboard is often weak and painful.
To heal and recover, a period of 'offloading' is required to allow the tissues to settle. During this period, you should generally avoid activities which cause pain. These include activities which use the wrist and hand such as lifting, carrying, holding objects, as well as sports such as tennis, golf, cycling and spinning.
Also, be careful to avoid prolonged use of a keyboard or tablet which will strain and aggravate the affected muscles and tendons. Take regular breaks, before any soreness develops. It helps to assume a good posture with the head and neck aligned, shoulders relaxed, and forearms supported when working at a desk.