Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis causes pain on the outside of the elbow, and it doesn’t just strike people that play racket sports. Most tennis elbows resolve spontaneously without treatment. However, this can take time, leaving you with up to two years of pain and restricted function. The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers the very latest investigations and management for tennis elbow. The world-leading orthopaedic specialists work with an expert multidisciplinary team to reduce your pain and restore movement, so that you can get back to a full life- at work, rest and play.

The London Orthopaedic Clinic provides comprehensive care for tennis elbow. Rest, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections provide relief for most people. If conservative measures have not helped, the expert orthopaedic surgeons at the London Orthopaedic Clinic can operate to remove the damaged part of the tendon and then support your healthy recovery and rehabilitation.

What is tennis elbow?

The elbow joint is surrounded by muscles and tendons that let your arm, wrist and fingers move. Overuse or injury can cause stresses and strains to the muscle and tendon used to straighten the wrist. Small tears, inflammation and swelling can develop around the lateral epicondyle, the bony lump on the outside of the elbow, leading to pain and restricted movement.

Repetitive strain or overuse usually triggers the problem. That can be from tennis or other activities, that involve similar movements, like painting walls or playing the violin. Most people affected by lateral epicondylitis will recover within a year, however around one in ten people can have ongoing pain and problems.

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow causes pain, swelling and soreness on the outside of the elbow and down the forearm. The pain is often triggered by movement, especially actions like gripping, lifting, bending or extending the arm. Repetitive movements and activities that twist the arm, such as opening a door or unscrewing a bottle can be particularly problematic. If your tennis elbow is affecting your lifestyle, the leading orthopaedic experts at The London Clinic can help.

How can the London Orthopaedic Clinic help with tennis elbow?

The London Orthopaedic Clinic’s consultant surgeons will make a thorough assessment of your elbow and arrange investigation, by ultrasound or MRI, in the clinic’s state-of-the-art imaging suite. They will then tailor a treatment programme to resolve your symptoms. This can include:

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Why choose the London Orthopaedic Clinic?

The London Orthopaedic Clinic provides high-quality, expert orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care, tailored to the individual needs of our patients. The Clinic is based at Mayo Clinic Healthcare, at the heart of London’s internationally renowned Harley Street medical district. The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers cutting-edge diagnostics, treatment, management and personalised care.

The expert multi-disciplinary team includes more than 25 leading orthopaedic surgeons, pain management specialists and radiologists. They work together to reduce pain, improve movement and make a real difference to patients’ lives.

The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers patients something truly unique: access to world-leading experts, high-tech imaging and the latest innovative treatments, together with the feeling of trust and safety of a small family practice.

Tennis elbow treatment costs

The investigation and treatment of tennis elbow at the London Orthopaedic Clinic may be covered by your health insurance policy. Competitive packages are also available for patients who are self-paying. Contact a member of our friendly team on 020 7186 1000 or at to find out more.