Tennis Elbow Fort Worth
Despite its name, tennis elbow is not limited to people who play tennis. In fact, most cases of tennis elbow occur in patients who may never have picked up a tennis racket in their life. Tennis elbow is a condition that causes great pain in the elbow. This pain typically comes from the overuse of the tendons in the elbow, usually as a result of repetitive arm and wrist movements.
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
Tendons attach your muscles to your bones, and when you use these muscles over and over again, it’s possible for small tears to develop in the tendon. Over time, these tears lead to irritation and pain in the spot where the tendon meets the bone. While tennis players can and do suffer from this condition, it is more commonly found among those whose job features consistently repeated motions, such as plumbers, butchers, painters, or carpenters. This sort of condition can also develop through constant use of a mouse and keyboard.
The symptoms of tennis elbow include:
- A weak grasp
- Elbow pain that worsens over time
- Pain moving from the elbow to the hand or wrist when in use
Treating Tennis Elbow
As with many muscular conditions, the first thing you should do if you have tennis elbow is rest. It’s best to avoid whatever activity caused your tennis elbow for about 2 or 3 weeks. Icing your elbow up to three times a day and taking anti-inflammatory medicines will also help you recover.
If you develop tennis elbow as an athlete, it is important to consider the following:
- Changes to your technique
- Checking your equipment (For tennis players, a change in grip size can help.)
- Cutting back on how often you play
Our physical therapists are happy to help athletes with their conditions by showing them exercises that can be used to prevent injuries in their sport.
In more extreme cases, our pain management specialist may be able to provide injections that will help to reduce the pain and swelling. However, if the pain is still present after 6 months of rest and treatment, surgery may be required. Visit Trinity Orthopedics to talk to our doctors about a treatment plan that is right for you whenever you are unsure.