Even if you have never stepped foot onto a court before, you may end up with tennis elbow. Occurring along the muscle that allows extension of the wrist, it is a painful condition that can linger for weeks or months.
Previously, tennis elbow primarily showed up in athletes. Due to the increased interest in physical fitness, tennis elbow is being found in everyday exercisers, as well as people who perform work-related repetitive motion.
Tennis elbow presents several symptoms. Pain will occur on the outside of the elbow an inch or so down from the bony part.
There may also be pain when the individual tries to extend the hand and fingers against resistance. Extreme weakness in the wrist is another symptom.
I have been diagnosed with tennis elbow. Now what?
Tennis elbow is often difficult to diagnose, which can delay treatment. A correct diagnosis of tennis elbow is the first step towards being able to treat the condition and rehab the afflicted area. From there, a variety of treatments for tennis elbow are available.
Passive remedies like rest, ice, and arm braces are critical components to healing tennis elbow. Take measures to reduce the movements that aggravate the pain, and use ice at regular intervals to help minimise pain and inflammation.
An arm brace supports and stabilises the area to promote healing. These remedies assist greatly in treating the condition, especially in the beginning.
Active remedies consist of stretching and strengthening exercises, and are vital aspects of improving the condition. Individuals suffering from tennis elbow should begin prescribed rehabilitative exercises as soon as the pain allows in order to build strength.
An individual dealing with tennis elbow may utilise a variety of medicinal remedies to manage pain and inflammation. Over-the-counter pain relievers and steroid injections are commonly used to treat the condition. Following doctor’s orders when taking medications is strongly recommended.
Non-traditional remedies also provide improvements in tennis elbow and as a result, these treatments have gained favour in the last few years. Regimens of massage therapy and acupuncture work on small areas contributing to the condition, and make significant strides in pain reduction and promote the body’s restorative healing process.
Chiropractic care is another remedy that offers strong benefits to treating tennis elbow. A chiropractor assesses the condition, then lays out a plan to promote healing.
Treatment often includes working to ensure correct movement / physiological functioning of the bones and treating the surrounding joints so they function at maximum capacity, and can minimise pressure on the injured area while it heals.
A chiropractor will usually then provide you with a rehabilitative program and targeted exercises to assist in healing and building strength. Chiropractic care serves the dual purpose of treating the condition directly, and working with the areas around the injury so that the body continues to strengthen and heal.
In a very small number of cases, the only remedy for tennis elbow is surgery. This is considered as the last straw, once all other forms of treatment have been exhausted.
The best way to treat tennis elbow is to avoid it in the first place. Be sure to stretch appropriately, consistently perform strengthening exercises, employ correct techniques and proper equipment during physical activity, and don’t overexert your arms (this goes for your entire body, by the way) during physical activity.
If you are diagnosed with tennis elbow, it’s essential to understand the variety of treatment options available. The best course is often a blend of more than one remedy. Our chiropractors can help you on the path to recovery from this painful condition.
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