Tennis is a popular sport that brings joy and physical activity to millions of people around the world. However, it’s not uncommon for tennis players and even non-athletes to experience a condition known as tennis elbow. Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow causes pain and discomfort in the outer part of the elbow, making everyday activities challenging. In this blog, we will delve into the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for tennis elbow.
Contrary to its name, tennis elbow can affect anyone, not just tennis players. Repetitive motion of the wrist and arm, such as playing tennis, painting, typing, or lifting heavy objects, can strain the tendons and lead to the development of tennis elbow. The condition typically manifests as pain and tenderness on the outer side of the elbow, which may radiate down the forearm. Gripping objects or twisting the forearm can worsen the pain.
- Activity Modification: The first step in managing tennis elbow is to establish an appropriate amount of load that doesn’t make your elbow too sore. Modifying the technique or equipment used in sports or work activities may also be necessary.
- Strength and capacity building: We will help to design a program of exercises to strengthen the forearm muscles and improve capacity.
- Self-management strategies: massage, heat, taping or ice might be helpful pain management strategies
Tennis elbow can be a painful and debilitating condition, but with the right treatment and preventive measures, individuals can find relief and regain functionality. If you’re experiencing symptoms of tennis elbow, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan. Remember, by taking care of your muscles and tendons, you can continue to enjoy an active and pain-free lifestyle.