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You don’t have to play at Wimbledon to get tennis elbow

Wondering how and why tennis elbow arises? The experts at are here to explain what can be done to ease the pain.



As Wimbledon draws to a close, it’s time to talk about one of the common health problems that many enthusiastic tennis fans will have experienced – however it isn’t exclusive to tennis players alone. Health experts at Bridgeham Clinic explain:

Tennis elbow is when the muscle tendons in the forearm responsible for controlling the extension action of the wrist become irritated and inflamed.

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The inflammation usually occurs at the point where the tendons attach onto the outer part of the elbow.

Pain can also be present in the bone itself. That’s the dull ‘toothache’ pain that tends to be there all the time, worse at night, and the acutely disproportionate nauseating wave of pain that immediately kicks in as you accidently misjudge the door frame you just passed through!

Tennis elbow tends to arise as a result of over-use or repetitive strain activities or sports such as tennis, however, many times a tennis elbow sufferer has never played tennis! More often the onset of pain is after prolonged keyboard use or a change in normal activities.

At Bridgeham, the osteopath can assess the elbow joint and severity of inflammation and treat with a combination of articulation, soft tissue massage, ultrasound, manipulation and acupuncture if required.

The osteopath can also assess the rest of your posture including shoulder, neck & head positioning which often influences tennis elbow cause and recovery.

Tennis elbow symptoms vary between individuals and so recovery doesn’t always depend on severity of pain. However, with an average tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon) we would expect to see an improvement in symptoms within the first two to three treatments.

We often advise home exercises, use of supports and strategies to continue improvements between visits. There are times when tennis elbow can arise from repetitive movement habits, daily challenges or posture. If this is the case, we would continue the recovery journey with our Pilates team to increase your awareness and prevent reoccurrence of the symptoms.

“My tennis elbow started when I was about 17 years old from playing badminton and went on for about 2 years forcing me to consider giving it up. However, the osteopaths at Bridgeham have made it possible for me to continue playing and not suffer in pain for doing so!” – Miss W

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Crawley vegan loses over 4 stone after joining Broadfield Weight Watchers

After deciding enough is enough, Geri joined Weight Watchers as a vegan and lost 64 and a half pounds.



Geri Maloney from Broadfield lost 64 and a half pounds after joining Weight Watchers and going vegan.

This month, Broadfield resident Geri Maloney celebrated losing 4½ stone after joining  her local Weight Watchers group.

Geri had always battled with her weight but decided to join Weight Watchers after seeing a photograph of herself on a family holiday.

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Geri explains, “I’ve been overweight my whole adult life. My clothes size kept creeping up and although I was never happy with my size, I just accepted it. Every now and again I would attempt to lose weight; I would lose a stone, feel great and then put it all back on again.”

Following from pregnancy, Geri had gained more weight and decided to transition from vegetarian to vegan, in the hope that the plant-based diet may aid her weight-loss, however Geri still found that she struggled.

She said:

“As veganism is more mainstream now there are so many unhealthy options available that it is very easy to still eat junk food, which I did, and therefore didn’t lose weight. I would very rarely look in a full-length mirror and always tried to avoid having full-length photos taken because I would hate seeing myself.

“I gave up on wearing nice clothes and adopted a uniform of leggings and baggy tops which I thought disguised my weight, but when I saw a photo of me holding my daughter, I thought about what she would think of it when she is older. I didn’t want her to look at it and see the Mum who was too unfit to run around after her once she learnt to walk, or never wanted to go clothes shopping.”

Geri knew that she had to make a change, and after seeing a banner advertising her local Broadfield Weight Watchers meeting, she plucked up the courage to sign up.

“It was one of the best decisions I have ever made; walking in was a little daunting but the welcome that I received from my coach, Sharon and the rest of the members, made me relax in no time. I walked out feeling totally inspired and like I could take on the world!”

Since joining Weight Watchers Geri has learnt new healthy eating habits whilst still enjoying her vegan-friendly food. She says:

“In my first week I learnt how to use the Weight Watchers mobile phone app, and I had great fun walking round the supermarkets scanning all my favourite foods, and was surprised by how many of the foods I loved were not off limits. The Flex plan has encouraged me to start cooking more using some of the zero-point foods like tofu, lentils, chickpeas and beans – they’re so versatile and really good for padding out meals to make me feel full and satisfied for longer.”

Now Geri has reached her goal weight and became a Weight Watchers Gold member, she says it’s not just about the weight she has lost, but everything else that she has gained!

“Losing weight has increased my confidence and made me feel fitter. I can go out for a walk with my daughter and chase her around without needing to sit down and rest afterwards.”

A Gold membership is awarded to members once they have achieved their goal weight. As well as receiving a certificate for their achievement, Gold members can attend meetings free of charge and as often as they like, if they stay within 5lbs of their target weight.

Coach Sharon Ashborn says:

“I love Geri because she’s so funky and hip! She brings sparkle to the room, encourages and supports our other members and always contributes to the meeting talks. The best part is she inspires and amazes me with her vegan diet, and how she has continued to follow it alongside the Flex plan.

“As Geri continues to attend the meetings, I will continue to support and encourage her to continue with the fantastic work she has done so far to ensure she will stay on track and take control of her goals for good.”

When asked if she had one piece of advice for people considering joining Weight Watchers, she said, “stop thinking about it and do it, just join! Embrace it and you will achieve your goal!”

Sharon Ashborn runs six meetings a week across West Sussex:

Monday at 5.30pm – Broadfield Youth and Community Centre
Tuesday at 6.30pm – Southwater Leisure Centre
Thursday at 8.45 & 10am – Southwater Leisure Centre
Friday at 9.30am – Haywards Heath St Wilfrids Church Hall
Saturday at 9.45am – Broadfield Youth and Community Centre

To find out more about Sharon’s Weight Watchers meetings email or visit to find out about other meetings.

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