Tennis elbow treatment, causes & cures - everything you should know
Though the Australian Open has come and gone, passionate tennis players and fans from across the country are still in the midst of a jam-packed tennis season. But regardless of if you’ve been on the court this summer or watching from the sidelines, you might be suffering from this painful ailment – Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis).
What is tennis elbow?
Tennis Elbow is the term used to describe the swelling of the tendons in your forearm. Unlike the similar condition (Golfer’s Elbow), Tennis Elbow is mainly concerned with the muscles connecting the outside of the elbow to your wrist.
What causes tennis elbow?
Tennis Elbow is caused by repetitive strain on the forearm muscles used to raise and straighten your hand and wrist, resulting in small tears in the tendon.
In spite of its name, Tennis Elbow is not always associated with Tennis. While Tennis players can and do suffer from this condition, it may arise as a result of other hobbies and occupations. Those who engage in repetitive motions of the wrist and arm through activities like carpentry, gardening, painting, plumbing, knitting and cooking, are also susceptible to developing Tennis Elbow.
How do you know if you have tennis elbow?
The tell-tale symptom of Tennis Elbow is pain in the forearm, just below the bend of the elbow. However, the pain can sometimes radiate towards your wrist in the lower arm or into the upper arm.
Those suffering from Tennis Elbow are likely to feel pain when lifting and bending their arm or performing gripping motions. If you experience pain around your elbow whilst writing, raising your hand, making a fist, opening doors or shaking hands, you may be suffering from Tennis Elbow.
How do you cure tennis elbow?
If you experience any of the above symptoms, do not fret. In mild cases, Tennis Elbow gets better on its own with adequate rest and over-the-counter medication for pain relief.
To rehabilitate your muscles and get them back to match-fit condition, your physiotherapist may also suggest you perform a range of exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles in the forearm.
The type of exercises and the intensity of your physiotherapy will depend on the stage and severity of your condition, and it is best to seek out professional advice before engaging in any of the exercises you may see online.
Tennis elbow symptoms, what should you do if you experience them?
If you think you may be suffering from Tennis Elbow, it is best to seek professional help. At Fairfield Physiotherapy we assess your condition and determine the most suitable treatment plan for a speedy recovery. If you play tennis or engage in any of the at-risk activities/occupations, we can also help you develop the correct techniques to prevent reoccurring injury. If needed, we also provide custom fitted braces to assist your recovery.
If you would like to learn more about the prevention and cure of Tennis Elbow and other sport related injuries, book an appointment online or contact Fairfield Physiotherapy at 94897744.