Tennis elbow, as the name suggests, is an injury commonly sustained while
performing activities such as playing sports (including tennis) as well
as weightlifting. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to develop
this injury. Tennis elbow can also affect individuals who frequently engage
in (or whose job requires) repetitive elbow movements including carpentry
and painting. Below, our blog outlines the basics of this injury as well
as what you should do if you think you are currently suffering from tennis elbow.
Common Causes of Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is the name commonly used for the condition known as lateral
epicondylitis. It is typically caused when the overexertion of the arms
or hands lead to tendon damage in the area of the elbow. The main symptoms
of tennis elbow can include pain, swelling, or tenderness around the outside
of the elbow as well as decreased grip. For example, a person with this
condition may experience unusual pain or difficulty turning a handle to
open a door.
In the majority of cases, the injury is treatable with rest and non-invasive
physical therapy. If you believe that you may have damaged the tendons
in your elbow, the first step to recovery is often to stop the activities
that are causing your pain. Use your healthy arm for the majority of your
daily tasks and consider purchasing a brace to minimize movement with
your injured elbow. If the pain persists,
massage and physical therapy can be effective treatments. However, each injury
is different and it is recommended that you discuss new exercise and training
regimens with a therapist.
Seeking Help for Chronic Pain?
If you are suffering from chronic pain due to tennis elbow or another injury,
ProFysio Physical Therapy can help you find relief. When you work
with us, you will receive one-on-one care from a qualified therapist who
truly cares about your health and recovery. From learning about how to
treat your condition to preventing further injuries, our
Aberdeen physical therapists can guide you through the entire therapy and healing process.
If you are ready to find freedom from pain, call (732) 333-6360 or
request an initial consultation online today. We accept most major insurance plans.