“But I don’t play tennis/golf”
Now the term tennis/golfers elbow purely relates to the action of the muscles involved rather than participation in the sport. The forearm flexor muscles (which close the fingers- think gripping) attach onto the inside of the elbow. The forearm extensors do the opposite they extend the wrist (opening fingers lifting wrist backwards) attach onto the outside of the elbow. Try this at home by holding onto the elbow either side and opening/closing fingers into your palm. Any repetitive motion involving these actions or direct trauma will cause inflammation where the muscles attach. When inflammation builds unfortunately pain likes to join in on the party.
Elbow pain (especially tennis/golfers elbows) respond well to treatment if the treatment is started early. Firstly we have to reduce inflammation (anti inflammatories or ice packs) but also address why they are inflamed (tight muscles/restricted joints). This is done by a combination of soft tissue, joint mobilisation, ultrasound therapy and dry needling. Treatments also include recommendations on exercises and management advice to prevent further chance of reoccurrence.