Tennis elbow isn’t just a sporting injury

SMP Healthcare

So the game of tennis is at the forefront of many peoples mind this week as Wimbledon 2017 begins. Naturally we looked to find an associated subject to talk about and therefore tennis elbow was the obvious winner. Tennis elbow is clinically known as lateral epicondylitis.

What is Tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is caused by a strain to tendons in the forearm. The tendons become inflamed where they join the bony part on the outside of your elbow joint. Any activity that involves gripping and twisting of the forearm can cause this type of strain – most cases aren’t actually related to tennis or any kind of exercise.

What are the symptoms of Tennis elbow?

  • Pain on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of your elbow
  • Pain when lifting or bending your arm
  • Pain when gripping small objects, such as a pen
  • Pain when twisting your forearm, such as turning a door handle or opening a jar
  • You may also find it difficult to fully extend your arm.

How is Tennis elbow treated?

Although Tennis elbow should eventually get better without treatment there are a number of medical treatments that can help to improve the symptoms and speed up your recovery.

  • Rest: It is important to rest the injured arm and stop doing what the activity is that is causing the problem.
  • A cold compress can be used, this should be held against your elbow for a few minutes several times a day to help ease the pain.
  • Pain killers such as paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also be used to reduce any inflammation.
  • For more severe cases, physiotherapy may be recommended.
  • Surgery is a last resort and may be used to remove the damaged part of the tendon.

How long does tennis elbow last?

Most cases of tennis elbow can last from between 6 months and 2 years, however, in most cases a full recovery is made within 12 months.

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