Everything you need to know: Tennis elbow

July 2nd, 2016 by LOC Team

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is literally what its says. It is a condition that gives you pain around the elbow, typically on the outside of the joint. It is most likely to occur after overuse of the tendons and the muscles. It is very common in the sporting world, hence the name, tennis elbow. The medical community call the condition a lateral epicondylitis.

Tennis elbow is a very common condition indeed, in the UK alone, specialist believe that one in three people have the condition at any given time. Every year, about 5 in every 1,000 people go and see their local GP about tennis elbow.

The causes of tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is caused by the overuse of the muscles that are attached to your elbow joint. These muscles move your elbow, fingers and wrist. It also affects the tendons which join the muscles and bones in your arm together and control all of the muscles in your lower arm.

If these tendons and muscles are strained then inflammation and small rips can develop. These will develop on the outside of your elbow, right near the lump of bone you have on your elbow. As the name tennis elbow suggests, the condition can be bought on by strenuous exercise such as tennis. However, it is also fairly common with violinists and decorators. Basically, any activity that puts a fair amount of strain on the elbow can cause tennis elbow.

The Treatment

Tennis elbow is a condition that will clear up by itself, this may take a while but eventually, it will get better without any treatment. However, there are some treatments available that will help improve the symptoms and get you back to your usual self quicker.

One of the most important things with tennis elbow is that you must leave your arm to heal. You have to let your arm rest and stop doing the activity that hurt your arm and any activity that is causing you any problems. If you don’t, your tennis elbow is going to take a lot longer to heal. One of the best ways to alleviate the pain that you may be experiencing is to take some frozen peas, wrap them in a towel and place them on your elbow several times a day.

Preventing tennis elbow

It isn’t easy to prevent tennis elbow, without quitting all the activities that put stress on your elbow! The only thing that you can really do is to be conscious of what is happening with your elbow. If you are starting to feel a bit of pain in your elbow during or after playing sport, perhaps changing your technique could help. The only thing that will stop the symptoms and prevent them getting any worse is to avoid putting too much stress on your elbow and the muscles and tendons surrounding it.

We hope that this article has proved helpful to you. If it did then please share it with your friends to help them as well. We have plenty of other articles on our website about other common conditions that you may also find helpful so feel free to explore further.


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