Tennis elbow – Kinesiology tape

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The application of CureTape® kinesiology tape can reduce pain and promote faster recovery when treating tennis elbow. With the term tennis elbow (a form of elbow tendon inflammation), you might expect that this injury is only caused by playing tennis. This is actually only the case in 5% of those affected. Approximately half of all tennis players eventually develop tennis elbow. Tennis elbow usually develops on the side (or arm) used for writing. The symptoms are mainly caused by repetitive movements. These can be activities such as painting, assembly line work, using a mouse and tightening screws. This causes strain and inflammation in the area of the tendon attachment to the elbow bone. 2% of the population suffers from tennis elbow, with an average age between 40 and 50 years. However, the complaints can also originate from the neck or shoulder region. A licensed physiotherapist can examine and treat this.

Tennis elbow symptoms:

  • Pain in the outer bony protrusion of the elbow.
  • Painful, tiring, stiff feeling in the arm. Especially in the morning.
  • The pain can spread to the upper arm, shoulder, forearm, wrist and sometimes even the fingers.
  • The pain occurs when the extensor muscles of the wrist and hand are tightened.
In addition to the symptoms listed above, there are also certain exercises you can use to identify your symptoms as tennis elbow:
  • Pain occurs if the hand is stretched out while someone else is applying counter pressure.
  • Pain occurs if a chair is picked up by the backrest with the elbow extended.
  • Pain when bending the wrist backwards.
The pain may be provoked by active rotation against resistance.

How to tape a tennis elbow?

In addition to therapeutic treatment such as massage and exercise therapy, CureTape® Kinesiology Tape can be used to reduce pain and promote faster recovery. Tip: Because the Kinesiology Tape is placed at the wrist, it can come off more easily due to perspiration or hand movements. By using CureTape® Sports (as in the accompanying example), the tape often remains in place longer. This tape application can also be used in cases of mouse arm or RSI.

Instructional video: Tennis Elbow Taping


Tennis elbow taping in two steps

*Note: In this example, we are using two different colours. There is no difference in effectiveness between the colours. But in our example it makes it easier to show the difference between the two steps of the application.

Step 1:

kinesiology taping tennis elbow In order to relieve the extensor muscles/flexors, a blue I tape is used in this example (extensor carpi radialis longus, extensor carpi radialis brevis and m. Brachioradialis).
  • Measure the I tape in the stretched position.
  • Place the base distal to the wrist in a slightly extended position (hand in neutral position).
  • Extend the elbow and bring the hand into palmar flexion.
  • Then apply the detonative tape lightly along the forearm, towards proximal of the elbow over the extensor muscles and rub it firmly; apply the last 5 cm of the tape without stretching. The starting point of the tape is called the punctum fixum and the ending point is the punctum mobile.

Step 2:

kinesiology taping tennis elbow We are going to use black tape to activate the m. Supinator. The m. Supinator causes the hand to turn outward.
  • Apply the base of the I tape with the elbow slightly turned inwards (in slight flexion).
  • The starting point of the tape (punctum fixum) is on the lateral epicondyle at the origin of the m. Supinator and not on the olecranon (back of the elbow), this can irritate.
Apply the kinesiology tape to the proximal part of the radius. The fascial structures “derotate” in this way.
Check the function of the tape after application. You do this for example by an active exorotation against resistance to provoke. If the pain is reduced, the tape is well applied and has a positive influence on the recovery of the tennis elbow.

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Frequently asked questions about tennis elbow

Can you use kinesiology tape for a tennis elbow?

Yes, you can! The use of kinesiology tape is an ideal treatment for your tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). Symptoms of tennis elbow are reduced by the use of kinesiology tape. This allows you to resume activities that would normally be too painful or that would affect the extent to which you can use your arm.

How to tape tennis elbow?

Above, we have explained exactly how you can use kinesiology tape to tape your tennis elbow. Not sure how to do it? In that case, ask your physiotherapist if he can do it for you.

Does kinesiology tape help with tennis elbow?

Although not scientifically proven, the use of kinesiology tape on tennis elbow can significantly reduce symptoms. Patients have indicated that they feel much relief when the tape is applied. They also get a lot of range of motion back. It increases circulation to a relatively nonvascular area.


Please note that applications provided on our website are not clinically proven. All mentioned applications are based on extensive evaluation and case studies with licensed physiotherapists and/or other health professionals. Attention: Mentioning source is mandatory, when using the content on this page.