Tennis Elbow

Only 5% of those who suffer from tennis elbow are injured due to participation in tennis. Most often the injury is because of excessive use of tools likes hammers and screwdrivers.

Tennis elbow is lateral epicondyle tendinosis or micro tears in the hyaline sheath surrounding the extensor muscles that attach on the lateral side of the forearm. This painful condition rarely presents with inflammation and the belief is that the injury is degenerative rather than acute.

The characteristics of people most likely to suffer from elbow tendon injuries include: over 35 years of age, high activity level (athletic or occupational) three times or more per week, 30 minutes or more per session, demanding activity technique, and poor fitness level.

Conservative treatments include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and steroidal injections. Rest is typically the best and most effective treatment. A tennis elbow strap or counterforce brace will eliminate the pain associated with tennis elbow. Symptoms usually disappear within 10-12 months. Surgery is a final option, and improvement is very likely with a return to pre-injury level of activity.

Use proper biomechanics and equipment suited to the size and skill of the individual. A neutral wrist position during activity is ideal. Start new activities slowly and gradually increase intensity. Stretching is strengthening is also beneficial. Don’t let tennis elbow keep you from performing your duties at work or from enjoying a sport that has been around since 1873!

See the attached article for more prevention and treatment details for tennis elbow:  Tennis Elbow

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