All about Tennis Elbow


By Dr Anup Khatri in Orthopedic

Tennis Elbow: Overview

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are over-burden, due to repeated motions of the wrist and the arm makes small changes to the tendon. Regardless of its name, athletes aren't the only people who develop tennis elbow pain. People whose jobs feature the kinds of movements that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters, and butchers.

The pain of the tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your lower arm muscles attach to a bony bump knock outwardly of your tennis elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist. Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers often help relieve tennis elbow. On the off chance that moderate medicines don't help or then again in case side effects are disabling, your doctor may recommend surgery.

Symptoms of tennis elbow

The symptoms of the tennis elbow are like those of a golf player's elbow, except that, the tennis elbow causes pain outwardly of the elbow. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain outwardly of the upper-lower arm, beneath the elbow
  • Pain when twisting the arm
  • Pain when writing
  • Pain when grasping or holding objects
  • Pain when winding the lower arm

Causes of tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is an overuse and muscle strain injury. The repeated movements and stress to the tissue might bring about a progression of tiny tears in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the hard conspicuousness at the outside of your elbow.

Risks related to tennis elbow

Factors that put you at risk of tennis elbow include:

Occupation – Those whose work requires regular repetition moments of the arms and wrists are at a high risk of developing tennis elbow. Painters, craftsmen, handymen, cooks, and butchers are inclined to tennis elbow.

Age – Tennis elbow is a condition common in people between 30 – 50 years of age.

Interests – Sports like tennis, squash, or badminton have a more serious risk of tennis elbow, particularly in the event that players don't practice appropriate stroke techniques.

How to prevent tennis elbow

  • Lift objects with palm looking up
  • Exercise by consistently stretching your hand muscles
  • Always warm-up practices by stretching your hands before the beginning of any activities.
  • Use a stretchable cloth or a readymade fabric as an elbow wrap or support.

Make an Enquiry.

At Global Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, our experienced orthopedic consultants, and surgeons are supported by a comprehensive team of nurses and physiotherapists to provide you with suitable tennis elbow treatment options.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

What is the best treatment for tennis elbow?

Treatment of tennis elbow generally comes in two forms: surgical treatment and non-surgical treatment. Some patients only require treatment to reduce pain so that they can use the elbow to some degree, while others hope for treatment that successfully eradicates all pain and restores full strength to the elbow.

What is tennis elbow caused by?

The cause of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is an increase of tendon damage due to overusing your forearm due to repetitive or strenuous activity. This can lead to functional issues in the arm and elbow when exerting force through the tendon, resulting in pain when moving the arm, wrist, and elbow.

What happens if the tennis elbow goes untreated?

In the event that you haven’t undergone treatment for tennis elbow pain and persist for several days, counsel a doctor. If you allow the pain to continue and become chronic, you might lose the capacity to move the elbow forever, or the pain might be brought about by different factors, like gout, infection, Inflammation.

Can tennis elbow heal on its own?

It is possible that the tennis elbow can go away by itself without treatment. However, if the symptoms worsen or continue for a prolonged period, it could lead to other elbow injuries that are unrelated to tennis elbow, such as tendinitis.

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