Tennis elbow treatment invovles the use of over-the-counter pain drugs and also rest. If it doesn’t work, therapy, surgery, and other procedures will be done. In previous article, we talk on fibromyalgia and the pain that comes with it. Tennis elbow also comes with pain.
Tennis elbow also known as lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition which happens when tendons in your elbow become overloaded. This is often by repetitive motions of the arm and wrist.
Athletes aren’t the only people who get tennis elbow. Persons with jobs that feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include butchers, plumbers, carpenters and also painters.
The pains of tennis elbow happen solely where the tendons of the muscles of your forearm attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow. The pain can also spread into your wrist and forearm.
Tennis elbow results from muscle strain injury and also from overuse. They are repeated contraction of the muscles of the forearm that you use to straighten and also raise your wrist and hand.
This stress to the tissues and repeated motions may result in tiny tears in the tendons that attach the muscles of the forearm muscles to the bony prominence at the outside of your elbow.
Another possible cause of tennis elbow is in playing tennis. Mostly when they are repeated use of the backhand stroke with poor technique. Other common arm motions can also cause tennis elbow. Like:
- Using plumbing tools
- Driving screws
- Repetitive use of the computer mouse
- Cutting up cooking ingredients. Most likely meat.
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The pain that comes with tennis elbow may spread from the outside of your elbow into your wrist and forearm. Pain and fatigue/weakness may make it hard to do the following:
- Hold a cup
- Grip an object
- Shake hands
- Turn a doorknob
When to visit a doctor
Talk to your doctor if over-the-counter pain drugs and some self-care steps like ice, rest don’t relieve the elbow pain and tenderness.
Some factors may also increase your risk of tennis elbow. Like:
- Some sports. Racket sports like lawn tennis, table tennis increases your risk for a tennis elbow. Especially when you use a poor stroke technique.
- Tennis elbow is most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.
- Painters, butchers, plumbers, cooks and also carpenters have a higher risk of getting a tennis elbow.
Tennis Elbow Treatment
Tennis elbow treatment involves the use of over-the-counter pain drugs. Self-care measures can also be applied.
Tennis elbow usually gets better on its own. When pain relief drugs and other measures don’t help, your doctor may advise you get a physical therapy or surgery if it’s severe.
A physical therapist will teach you tennis elbow exercises that’ll gradually stretch and strengthen your muscles. Tennis elbow exercises that involve lowering your wrist slowly after raising it are also helpful. A forearm strap or tennis elbow brace may decrease the stress on the injured tissue.
Other procedures that can also be done include:
- Ultrasonic tenotomy (TENEX procedure).