5 Tips to Effectively Treat Tennis Elbow
- Posted on: Apr 15 2016
Tennis elbow (or lateral epicondylitis) is a sharp pain on the outside of the elbow over the bone caused by daily repetitive overuse. This is typically brought on by working on a computer for several hours a day, or playing sports like golf and, yes, tennis. If you suffer from tennis elbow, check out these tips to treat your pain:
– Stretch. You develop tennis elbow when your forearm muscles tighten and increase the tension on the bony attachments of your tendons. Try stretches that can loosen up your forearms. For example, extend your arm in front of you with your palm up, then bend your wrist and point your hand toward the floor. Using your other hand, bend your wrist gently until you feel it stretch, then hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds, repeating four times.
– Brace yourself. Wearing a brace can help redistribute the pressure on your elbow and provide pain relief.
– Get a deep tissue massage. Deep tissue work can help break up scar tissue and improve blood flow, which helps promote healing. Ask your physical therapist if they perform this type of massage.
– Consider a topical cream. There are several effective topical anti-inflammatory creams available by prescription. And topical creams are better than oral medications, as they don’t have any side effects.
– Avoid too many cortisone shots. While steroid injections do provide pain relief, the results do not last. And having repeated injections can directly damage your tendons.
The good news is that tennis elbow is not a life-long condition. Most cases of tennis elbow resolve themselves within a couple of years. In the meantime, these useful tips can help speed your recovery and get you back to living a life free of elbow pain.
If you are interested in learning more about ways to effectively manage pain associated with tennis elbow, contact Dr. Desio today. Our offices are located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and we proudly serve all surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today at 508.363.6363.
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