It may be called tennis elbow, but often has nothing to do with the sport, as Katie Baldwin reports.
Strawberries and cream, washed down with a glass of Pimm’s. It’s Wimbledon fortnight, but this year’s tournament has been beset by injuries as much as it has rain delays. On the third day of play, seven players pulled out through injury while the following day, another two retired. A variety of ailments had struck these elite sportspeople, but one thing they weren’t afflicted by is probably the most common injury related to the sport – tennis elbow. In fact the name is a bit of a misnomer, because while tennis can cause the painful condition, it can equally have nothing to do with it.
When Carol Vickers was diagnosed with it, she told her GP that she hadn’t played tennis for years. Avoiding placing strain on the elbow joint can help prevent the condition, but it can also develop suddenly with no obvious cause. For Carol, she was already coping with other painful problems. At the age of 24, she was diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome, which causes joint pain and can lead to osteoarthritis