Tennis Elbow Treatment
Later epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is an inflammation of the muscles that lift the wrist and hand. Tendon fibers that attach the forearm extensor tendon to the outside of the elbow become irritated. The pain is usually more noticed during strenuous activity and if tennis elbow becomes severe, the pain may be felt even when lifting or grasping lightweight objects.
Previous injury and repetitive use of the arm can cause stress and even damage to the muscle attachment resulting in tennis elbow. Tennis elbow can also develop in people who use the palm in a downward position in order to lift.
Symptoms of tennis elbow range from pain on the outside of the elbow to sensitivity and tenderness of the joint, and in some severe cases may even cause difficulty moving the arm at all. Treatment of tennis elbow can vary depending on the severity of you condition. In many cases, resting the joint can reduce pain. A splint may be recommended to help reduce strain on the muscle. Your physician may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce swelling and relieve pain. In severe cases, it may be recommended that you undergo a series of injections to relieve discomfort and pain. Your physician may also recommend a treatment program that will help to strengthen the muscles and reduce the chance of a repeat injury.
To learn more about our tennis elbow treatment, call or email our expert therapists at The Centre for Working Hands to schedule your evaluation.