Tennis Elbow Diagnosis & Treatments
While you may believe that only athletes can get tennis elbow (after all, it is called “tennis” elbow), this isn’t entirely true. It is true that some sports can increase your risk of tennis elbow, but even your daily job can also put you at risk for developing tennis elbow, a condition that affects the tendons of the elbow and often results from repetitive motions in the arms and wrists.
If you find yourself performing a lot of the same motions day in and day out then you may be more likely to develop tennis elbow at some point during your life. The most common symptom in those with tennis elbow is pain on the outside of the elbow, but some people may also notice pain as far as their forearms or wrists. The area around the elbow may also be tender to the touch. While you may not be able to see it the tendons in the forearm and elbow will also be inflamed.
So, how do you know if your pain is the result of tennis elbow? You may notice that every time you grip something like your morning cup of coffee or open the door to your office that you experience pain or even weakness. You may find that these seemingly mundane tasks are actually more difficult to perform.
Most people looking to get rid of tennis elbow may try icing the tendons, taking over-the-counter medications or resting the elbow to see if symptoms subside. For many with tennis elbow, they will notice that symptoms go away on their own. If you don’t notice an improvement in your symptoms then it’s time to call your doctor.
Many doctors will examine the elbow and talk to you about your occupation or the sport that you are involved in that could be causing your symptoms and determine the best way to reduce stress to your tendons while still being able to perform these motions. You may also be given exercises to help improve both strength and flexibility in the muscles of the arm, particularly the forearm.
To learn more about tennis elbow and how we can help, call our Somerset, KY office today at 1(877) ORTHODOCS.