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Tennis Elbow

TREATMENT of Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is a term in English that means lateral epicondylitis, it is a painful inflammation located at the elbow. When a person does not settle properly during training or physical activity, this inflammation manifests itself automatically. So, if you are not careful during excessive activities, tennis elbow can occur.

How to recognize tennis elbow?

A person who suffers from tennis elbow may complain of pain in the outer surface of the elbow, which can spread to the forearm. This is what sometimes decreases your strength to hold an object as a result of this immobility of the elbow.

This can cause reduced mobility and discomfort when doing activities such as:

  • Carry a bag;
  • Take a bottle;
  • Shaking hands with a person.

To recognize lateral epicondylitis, a diagnosis by performing the Maudsley test is very effective. The gesture consists in performing an enlargement of the middle finger in relation to a resistance, the enlargement of the elbow to recognize the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis muscle or ECRB.

Main causes of tennis elbow

In people who do not practice sports activities

There are movements that can perfectly lead to epicondylitis such as:

  • Simultaneous action of the forearm and flexion of the wrist in rotation;
  • A sudden rotary grip of an object with the forearm outwards or inwards;
  • A sudden action of throwing;
  • An action to hit an object with the hand.

When performing any of these actions, make sure to stay in a constant position to avoid that it could be dangerous. Moreover, actions that require exaggerated and repeated force only make things even worse.

In people who practice sports activities

Even if you perform hours of practice every day, tennis elbow can happen at any time.

Moreover, the appearance of tennis elbow depends on how you will proceed during your movements:

  • A change in the way of playing;
  • Use of new rope;
  • A use of new racket;
  • A modification of the grip;
  • Play with heavy balls;
  • Change surface;
  • DIY, paint or garden;
  • Taking medication.

How to treat a tennis elbow?

Elbow tendonitis can be treated in different ways to relieve pain. However, only a doctor in the sports field has the skills to give you advice on how to apply the techniques for the game. This means that, when pain begins to be felt, consult at most a doctor to prevent it from getting worse. In this way, timely treatment could reduce the risk of aggravating your situation.

In addition, rest is recommended for sports people when they begin to feel pain in the elbow.

Apart from resting, here are some possible treatments:

  • Take medications such as anti-inflammatories or painkillers to reduce pain;
  • Do muscle exercises with a physiotherapist;
  • Follow physiotherapy;
  • Do mesotherapy;
  • Get deep massages.

When you finish following the treatments, you will be able to gradually resume tennis without making excessive efforts. In addition, it is recommended that players perform setbacks to avoid problems. A splint or orthosis can also be widely used for tennis players.

Perform physiotherapy treatments

Physio+ Hamel works with professionals who are able to manage your tendon inflammation problems. With the help of therapeutic exercises, you will follow a methodical protocol that allows effective relief. Physiotherapists can give you hope to play again without pain or restrictions.

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