Tennis elbow is caused by the over use of the muscles and tendons which can lead to inflammation and small tears which causes pain on the outside of your forearm, just below the elbow joint. Tennis elbow can make it painful to straighten your wrist, open doors or even grip objects. The medical term for tennis elbow is ‘lateral epicondylitis’.
It is estimated that as many as 1 in 3 people have tennis elbow at any given time. As the name suggests, tennis elbow is a common injury from playing tennis. However, many other strenuous activities can cause tennis elbow too. It is even a common injury for violinists! Here are some of our top tips to help you deal with your tennis elbow.
Stop doing the activities that caused your tennis elbow. In most cases, tennis elbow will eventually get better without treatment and plenty of rest.
Holding something cold like ice or frozen peas wrapped in a towel against your elbow can help reduce the pain.
Using a brace or elbow support can relieve pain in many cases. This extra support may help your arm to function as normal.
Over-the-counter painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen may reduce pain and inflammation associated with tennis elbow. As always, consult your doctor before taking medication.
Your doctor may refer you to a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist can help by massaging and manipulating your arm to relieve stiffness and pain. A physio can also recommend exercises to help your elbow.
In the very worst case scenarios, surgery may be required. This is a last resort in cases where pain is severe and persistent.
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