Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a kind of painful medical condition in which the elbow tendons get overloaded. This happens when the wrist and the arm are given repeated and incorrect motions.
Only tennis players don’t get this condition. People having jobs that require rigorous movement of the upper limb also are at risk of getting the condition – carpenters, butchers, plumbers, and painters, for example.
The Signs and Symptoms of Tennis elbow
The pain linked with the tennis elbow might get radiated from the elbow into the wrist as well as the forearm. Also, the weakness and the pain in the affected area make it challenging to:
- Grip an object or shake hands
- Use a knob or any object requiring rotation
- Holding an object like a mug
The Causes of Tennis elbow
Tennis elbow happens as a result of your arm muscles getting strained. It occurs because of repetitive contraction of your upper limbs, which you use for straightening and raising your wrist and hand. What’s more, the repetitive motions, as well as stress to the muscles, might cause micro-tears in the attaching tendons from the muscles to the bony prominence present on the outward region of your elbow.
The Treatment Options for Tennis elbow
Tennis elbow usually takes some time to heal. However, some pain medications and measures for self-care not working suggest the patient requires physical therapy. In serious cases, surgery might be required.
A physical therapist might help you in stretching as well as strengthening your forearm muscles. Some eccentric exercises are especially helpful, as they help in lowering your wrist after you raise it. A brace or strap might help to alleviate the stress of your injured muscle.
In some cases, an irritant, platelet-rich plasma, or botox injections might be needed for healing your painful tendon. What’s more, techniques like dry needling and ultrasonic tenotomy are also utilized to help heal the damaged tendon. In severe cases, however, you might have to undergo surgery. This is recommended if the symptoms don’t heal even after several months of other procedures.
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