Easy-on-Your-Body Tennis Elbow Tips
“I started having so much pain in my elbow that I had to go to my doctor. He said I have Tennis Elbow. It’s so funny, I don’t even play tennis and I got Tennis Elbow!”
What is Tennis Elbow and do only tennis players get it?
Tennis elbow is a common name for lateral epicondylitis. It is a painful condition of the elbow caused by repetitive overuse of forearm muscles which actually cause movements of the wrist. Repeating the same motion of wrist Extension again and again leads to inflammation, pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.
Avoid Wrist Extension
Who is at a risk of getting Tennis Elbow?
From beginners to professionals, a tennis player or any other racquet sport player who has poor stroke mechanics, poor posture or incorrect racquet then he/she is at a risk of getting Tennis Elbow.
Athletes are not the only people who get Tennis Elbow.
Sedentary people using keyboard to type with wrists in extension are also prone to developing Tennis Elbow.
Painters, plumbers, carpenters, auto workers, cooks, and even butchers get tennis elbow more often than the rest of the population. It is thought that the repetition and weight lifting required in these occupations leads to injury.
Common signs and symptoms of Tennis Elbow include:
- Pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow, forearm and sometimes above the elbow that slowly worsens over weeks and months.
- Weak grip strength, most commonly affecting your dominant arm; however both arms can be affected.
What is the Treatment for Tennis Elbow?Treatment mostly involves a team approach. Primary doctors, physical therapists, and, in some cases, surgeons work together to provide the most effective care.
Approximately 80% to 95% of patients have success with nonsurgical treatment including rest, change of activity and Physical Therapy.
Avoid sustained and repetitive wrist extension. Keep wrists rested in neutral flat position. When using keyboard, don’t bend wrists back / up and don’t have a keyboard tilt.
Tennis Equipment check for proper fit - USE lighter, stiffer and looser-strung racquets with mid-size to larger head to reduce stress on the arm.
Physical Therapy - Your physical therapist may suggest
- Specific exercises for gradual stretching and strengthening the muscles of the forearm, core muscles, shoulder stabilizers. Once you've learned these exercises, you can do them at home or at work.
- For pain relief, your physical therapist may do treatments including but not limited to soft tissue mobilization, stretching and strengthening exercises, ice massage, muscle stimulating techniques to improve muscle healing.
Steroid injections. Your doctor may decide to inject your damaged muscle with a steroid to relieve your symptoms.
If you have Tennis Elbow and the symptoms are not improving, please seek medical professional help. If left untreated, tennis elbow can result in chronic pain. Using your arm too strenuously before your elbow has healed can make the problem worse.
Physical Therapy Can Help !
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