Tennis Elbow can happen in anyone, not just athletes. It happens when the joint — not just elbows — are overloaded with repetitive motions. Over time, the tendons become overloaded and causes pain to the patient.
Who gets Tennis Elbow
When you think about the game of tennis, you know that players use the same arm to swing to hit the ball. Over time, the elbow can become over-extended and the tendons can hurt.
It’s not just the elbow that can be hurt, also knees and wrists — any joint that that can be overused.
Here’s a short list of people who can get Tennis Elbow:
- Cooks or chefs
- Those using a computer
- Tennis players (obviously)
What’s the best treatment for Tennis Elbow
Icing the joint is the best thing you can do to help Tennis Elbow. It reduces pain and swelling. Doing it for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days or until the pain is gone.
If it’s really bad, use an elbow strap to protect the tendon from further extension and strain.
Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin to help with the pain. Be aware, however, of the side effects of the drugs because they can cause harm to other areas of the body.
How long it takes Tennis Elbow to heal
People heal at different rates and it depends on how damaged the tendons and joints are. If you feel pain by performing the same action, don’t overdo it. It’s best not to rush recovery.
You know you’re ready to return to normal activity when…
- It’s no longer painful to grip objects
- Both symmetrical joints are as strong as they once were
- The joint is no longer swollen
Preventing Tennis Elbow before it happens
To help prevent Tennis Elbow, stretch and ice joints after excessive use. Know your limits before exerting yourself in work or sports.
Arthritis Consultants of East Tennessee specializes in rheumatologic care, which is the practice of assessing joints, muscles, and bones for pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity. Contact us or call 865-503-2001 today to find out how we can help you get your life back on track.