Tennis Elbow

Published on August 7th, 2013 | by Tom


What is Tennis Elbow? Symptoms & Treatment

Tennis Elbow, a colloquial term for lateral epicondylitis, is a condition where the outer part of the elbow becomes sore and tender. Usually resulted from the overuse of the muscles in the lateral side of the elbow region, tennis elbow is really painful. Finish this article and you can know how to treat this painful condition properly.

People suffering from tennis elbow usually show signs and symptoms as follow:

  • Slowly increased pain around the outside of the elbow
  • When shaking hand or squeezing objects, the pain become more intensive
  • Pain may last for 6-12 weeks
  • Feel pain when twisting your forearm, lifting or bungling your arm

1. After getting familiar with the signs and symptoms of tennis elbow, you may know that the most important part of tennis elbow treatment is pain reduction:

  • Apply ice or cold compress immediately once you notice the pain. Wrap ice with a towel and apply to the affected area for 10-15 minutes every time, several times a day. Warm compress or just a hot bath seems working effectively for some people as well.
  • Take medicine like aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve the pain if needed. But people younger than 20 should avoid aspirin for it will cause serious side-effects.
  • Change the way you perform some activities. Some common activities can lead to the pain of tennis elbow. Try to change the way you do it normally can dramatically reduce the pain of tennis elbow.

2. In addition to pain reduction, here are some other effective treatments you should try:

3. Rest your tendon. Tendon rest is very important for tennis elbow treatment. And according to your severity to decide the time you need for rest.

4. Stop the activities that irritate the tendon.

5. Cortisone injection works well for tennis elbow treatment

6. Do some simple exercises that don’t cause pain to strengthen the muscles and tendons involved with tennis elbow.

7. Try surgical treatments if necessary.

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