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Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a common condition – and you might be surprised to learn that it doesn’t only impact tennis players! Despite its name, tennis elbow can occur in anyone who repeatedly uses their forearm muscles, leading to overuse and strain.

But with the proper care and treatment, you can regain full use of your arm.

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What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is a type of tendinopathy characterized by inflammation or degeneration of the tendons in the outer part of the elbow. These tendons connect the forearm muscles to the bony bump on the outside of the elbow (lateral epicondyle). The repetitive stress and strain placed on these tendons can lead to microtears, resulting in pain and discomfort.

What Are The Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?

The symptoms of tennis elbow typically develop gradually and worsen over time. Common signs and symptoms include:

Pain: Pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow, specifically around the bony bump (lateral epicondyle), are hallmark symptoms of tennis elbow. The pain may radiate down the forearm and worsen with activities that involve gripping or lifting.

Weak Grip Strength: Individuals with tennis elbow may experience weakness in their grip, making it difficult to perform simple tasks such as holding objects or shaking hands.

Stiffness: Stiffness and limited range of motion in the elbow joint may occur, particularly after periods of inactivity or upon waking in the morning.

Pain with Movement: Pain may worsen with specific movements, such as lifting, gripping, or extending the wrist.

Pain Relief with Rest: Many people find that their symptoms improve with rest or avoiding activities that exacerbate pain, only to return when the activity is resumed.

What Are My Treatment Options for Tennis Elbow?

Treatment for tennis elbow focuses on relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing. Common treatment options include:

Rest and Activity Modification: Resting the affected arm and avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms can help reduce strain on the tendons and promote healing.

Ice Therapy: Applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce pain and inflammation. Ice therapy can be particularly beneficial after activities that exacerbate symptoms.

Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Manipulation: A physical therapist can develop a tailored exercise program to strengthen the muscles surrounding the elbow, improve flexibility, and promote healing.

Bracing or Splinting: Wearing a brace or splint on the forearm can help alleviate strain on the tendons and provide support during activities.

Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help reduce pain and inflammation.

Steroid Injections: In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to provide temporary relief from pain and inflammation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tennis Elbow?

What Triggers Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is mostly caused by overusing your forearm due to a repetitive or strenuous activity. It can also sometimes occur after banging or knocking your elbow.

What will happen if I call PPI?
Our team is on hand to help – we can get you scheduled for a consult as soon as the same week.

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