Watching Wimbledon inspires many of us to pick up a racket but how do you avoid incurring Tennis Elbow. This common elbow condition is a kind of Tendonitis, triggering pain around the outer area of the joint. Despite its name, it isn’t just tennis players and athletes who suffer with the condition. Anybody who uses repetitive motions in their arm, wrist, and elbow can develop the condition.
Also referred to as lateral epicondylitis, it is estimated around 1 to 3% of people are diagnosed with Tennis Elbow. In this new post, you will discover what the condition is and how it is typically treated.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is a common, overuse injury, developed when the tendons are overloaded. This causes inflammation, potential tearing, and degeneration.
Tennis players, particularly those who tend to grip their racquet too tightly, are susceptible. However, it can occur in anyone who overuses their elbow. This includes other types of athletes, as well as those who work in certain professions such as auto mechanics, dentists, butchers, and carpenters.
The condition mostly impacts the dominant side of the body, but it is possible to develop it in both arms. It almost always occurs due to repetitive movements of the arm. This places a lot of pressure onto the tendon as the muscles weaken over time. In some cases, you may develop tennis elbow after an injury.
Tennis Elbow symptoms
The symptoms of Tennis Elbow tend to develop gradually over time. They include:
- Pain or a burning sensation in the outer part of the elbow
- Pain or stiffness when lifting the arm
- Pain that occurs when bending or twisting the arm
- A weakened grip
- A swollen elbow joint
In order to diagnose the condition, a physical examination will be carried out. You may also need to undergo X-Rays, imaging tests, and Electromyography. If the condition isn’t treated, it could worsen and make it extremely difficult to carry out day-to-day activities. However, it rarely causes severe long-term issues.
How is Tennis Elbow treated?
While it is possible Tennis Elbow may get better without any treatment, it can take up to 18 months to fully recover. There are non-surgical treatments available such as physical therapy, braces, steroid injections, and rest. These types of treatments are recommended for a period of 6-12 months. If improvement isn’t seen during this time, surgery may be recommended.
For those who want to avoid surgery, MBST (Magnetic Resonance Therapy) is a great alternative. This revolutionary treatment helps to reduce pain and inflammation within the body, helping to treat a wide range of conditions. In Tennis Elbow, it can help to both eliminate the pain and get back full range of motion.
To discover if MBST could be a viable treatment option for you, call 020 3282 7553 to book a consultation with MBST London. The first step is a comprehensive assessment to determine if the treatment is a suitable option.