Seeking tennis elbow treatment is one of the best things you can do if you suffer from this condition. Ignoring the problem often makes it worse, putting your body into more pain, and possibly even causing the pain to extend beyond the elbow as you baby the sore spot and put more strain on other parts of the arm. At Medi-Dyne, we offer solutions for treatment and tennis elbow prevention that allow you to enjoy a healthier life than ever before. We recommend helpful tennis elbow exercises to ease the pain.
Tennis Elbow Causes
There are a variety of tennis elbow causes. Playing tennis often causes tennis elbow (Lateral epicondylitis), but it is not the sole cause. Some of the causes include:
- Gripping a tennis or racquetball racket while you swing your arm, putting too much strain on the muscles and tendons.
- Swinging a sword around during fencing.
- Repetitive weight lifting techniques.
- Swinging a hammer all day, every day.
- Typing in excessive amounts each day.
- Raking, sweeping, and mopping often.
Tennis Elbow Symptoms
The pain from tennis elbow is commonly felt on and around the bony bump that is located outside your elbow and sometimes spreads into the wrist and forearm. You may experience this pain and associated weakness when doing simple tasks such as
- Holding a mug or a water bottle
- Turning a doorknob
- Shaking hands
- Typing or texting
If you have felt tennis elbow symptoms and are involved in an activity that requires repetitive movement of the arm and wrist, you should seek treatment from your medical professional for your Lateral epicondylitis.
Tennis Elbow Treatment
When you are in pain, you are looking for a tennis elbow treatment that will provide immediate relief, but it’s important not to ignore options for long term healing and further injury prevention.
- Cho-Pat® Tennis Elbow Splint – This provides immediate relief for the pain that comes from tennis elbow. Users can wear it during activities such as bowling, baseball, gardening, and other similar activities to reduce pain.
Stretching & Strengthening
- StretchRite® – StretchRite is a product that was designed to give your overall body a good, deep stretch, alleviating the pain that comes from many ailments, including tennis elbow.
- Physical therapy – Physical therapy is a great long-term tennis elbow treatment that offers individuals added solutions to the elbow splint or wrist support.
Other solutions include icing the elbow a few times a day until the pain is gone, performing range-of-motion exercises, and taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory.
How to Prevent Tennis Elbow
One of the most important things you can do for tennis elbow prevention is to stretch and warm up any time you are going to exercise your elbow and/or your arm. Regardless of the activity intensity or duration, it is important that you stretch your arms well so you don’t cause strain in any area. If you feel strain or pain at any time during play, or even during your everyday activities, stop what you are doing and give your arm a rest.