Got TENNIS elbow ?
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondyltis is a condition causing pain in the elbow due to overuse of the tendons in the forearm. The pain is primarily due to microscopic tears and inflammation of the tendons of the forearm due to repeating motion.
Tennis elbow is not only restricted to tennis players, but it can develop doing an unusual activity which involves using your wrist and forearms. Given the name, surprisingly 5 in 100 tennis players get tennis elbow. Other sports, like Javelin, discus, badminton and squash have higher incidence of tennis elbow than actual tennis players.
In non- athletes, it is commonly seen in individuals who use shears while gardening, or doing excessive manual work using hands. Activities involving fine repetitive movements like using scissors, typing or playing video games with controllers for long hours are exposed to injury.
Are you experiencing pain on the outside of your forearm, near to the elbow?
- The most important thing you can do is to listen to your body. STOP the aggravating activity.
- You can take over the counter (OTC) painkillers such as paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory in the form of topical gels applied to the elbow and forearm.
- If you are an athlete, you may want to reconsider changing raquet and bats. Too large or too small of a grip may be the triggering factor.
- Visit a Sports medicine specialist, get your diagnosis and start rehabilitation for the condition under the guidance of a physical therapist, who will aim at keeping your arm mobile and focus on strengthening the forearm.
What can you expect from your Sports medicine expert?
Based on the extent of injury, your doctor may advise conservative management or intervene with a steroid injection or a PRP injection in-conjunction with rehabilitation being the primary focus. Other non-invasive treatment options include shockwave therapy.
Dr. Atwar Hussain,
M.B.B.S, Msc. SEM (UK) ,Dip. SEM(IOC)
Dip. SEM (FIFA).
Sports and Exercise Physician