Jeremy Barnes identifies seven ways to alleviate the condition experienced by many tennis players, Tennis Elbow.
Tennis elbow is one of the most irritating injuries you can pick up as a tennis player. Caused by the repetitive gripping/swinging action, it is an injury that generally develops over time. Initially, you may start to feel some tendon pain. Then it disappears only to keep coming back in varying degrees of pain. It is a form of tendonitis that is incredibly difficult to get rid of.
Tennis elbow is commonly associated with tennis players. Still, it is an injury that many racquet sports players pick up, and even people who do not play can be affected by it.
As with many injuries, the most effective cure is complete rest, but that is not always an option that people have, for example, if they have a manual job that requires lifting, etc. Because the pain is not necessarily bad enough to stop people from playing tennis, many players will play through the pain when they have tennis elbow.
Due to how often the elbow joint is used in everyday life, having a tennis elbow can be more frustrating than other injuries, so that a cure will come in handy for many sufferers.
For a complete guide to the prevention and treatment of tennis elbow, head over to TRCentral, but also here are some of the methods that are proven to help reduce the pain or help to cure it.
Whilst icing the injury is not likely to disappear with this type of treatment, it will certainly provide comfort and reduce the inflammation. It should be repeated for a few minutes, several times throughout the day.
Whenever you have the chance to rest in the area, you should. Try to use your other arm as much as possible when doing everyday movements where possible. Try to avoid any activities or actions that feel like they are aggravating the injury.
(Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) – Ibuprofen and similar NSAIDs are an excellent way of reducing inflammation, both tablets and creams.
Massage and manipulation methods applied by qualified physiotherapists can help relieve the injury. Strengthening the forearm muscles through various exercises is another way of helping to get rid of the problem. Adding muscle will take some of the strain away from the tendon.
Providing additional support to the tendon by wearing a brace or strapping helps the recovery phase. Many chemists sell supports specifically designed to relieve tennis elbow and offer a range of different sizes. However, as soon as the issue feels better, it is best to remove the strapping to prevent muscle waste from relying on support.
When resting is not an option, an injection may be administered. Professional sportspeople will often use these to enable them to continue playing, mainly if there is a critical match/event that they do not want to miss out on. The injection is an effective way of reducing the pain, for a short period at least. Having this kind of treatment is not considered by medical professionals to get rid of the tennis elbow but more a means of getting through it without pain.
Surgery involves removing the part of the damaged tendon and is only a last resort method of treatment. In some severe cases, usually, after all the other methods have been tried and failed, surgery may be recommended. This would only generally be the case if the person has been suffering a lot of pain and with no signs of improvement for a considerable amount of time. Read more info here on Medline Plus.
Tennis elbow can come and go and cause a lot of discomfort, so it is recommended that you consult a doctor or sports physiotherapist to see the best course of action to take. Sometimes, rest is going to help you be cured of the problem finally, and you would rather not have to be operated on, as there are also risks associated with that.
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About the Author
Jeremy Barnes is a fitness enthusiast and keen tennis player who has been playing for 20 years. He runs the tennis blog TR Central where he writes tips and advice articles for tennis players from beginner to pro level.