Help for Treating Tennis Elbow

Often you will hear of tennis players not able to play a match or stopping before the end of a game due to pain. Often it is an ankle injury, sometimes a sore tendon, a painful knee or a shoulder complaint. Funny how you hardly ever see a tennis player missing a match due to a tennis elbow complaint. The main reason is that tennis elbow is not as common amongst tennis players as most of us imagine. Suffering from this kind of pain is more likely the result of the poor use of a tool at work or at home, sometimes a gardening tool, maybe a hand saw, a wrench, even a computer mouse. Curiously most people looking for treatment haven't played a tennis match in their life. Any motion that repetitively stresses the forearm can result in tennis elbow pain. Another main reason tennis players rarely miss a game because of tennis elbow is that it is commonly easily dealt with using a combination of massages, exercises, stretches and periods of rest.

Tennis Elbow Remedies

Another thing to remember is that more than over ninety percent of tennis elbow injuries can usually be treated successfully without a surgeon. The usual treatments vary from home remedies to the use of injections and or surgery. To treat tennis elbow successfully however you first need to find the root cause. The cause is almost always, an activity of vigorous or repetitive nature that causes the tennis elbow to occur in the first place. When the cause is not identified correctly and the offending activity is repeated, even after successful treatment, the pain usually returns. However if the treatment isn't performed properly, the risk of chronic pain increases substantially which usually increases the likelihood of surgery being performed.

A word about steroid and cortisone treatments.

Conventional medicine commonly uses steroid or cortisone injections when treating tennis elbow symptoms. Let's not go into detail here on treating this ailment using such methods, other than to say that conventional medicine has achieved inconsistent results administering such treatments. Furthermore, conventional medicine has yet to establish a standard dosage for this treatment which is quite astounding considering that it is the primary treatment suggested by doctors when treating this injury. Of course whoever is seeking more information regarding this therapy should visit their doctor. If you have already been on such a treatment without success, there are alternative treatments we can focus on here.

Activity Modification.

The activity that causes tennis elbow may be an activity that is either rigorous or repetitive in nature. It is not very difficult for most people to identify the root activity on their own. Stopping this activity is the first step to begin the healing. This on its own however does not bring about quick results. Typically injuries like this take some time to develop and almost always need a similar amount of time to get better.

Tennis Elbow Exercises

Let's look at various types of massages, stretches and resistance activities commonly used to treat tennis elbow. As with all muscular injuries, it is important to stop the activity that has aggravated the injury. Tender and inflamed muscles should feel relaxed before any therapeutic exercises are attempted. If it's painful when performing these stretches or the exercises, you must stop immediately. Applying a Cross Friction Massage using the proper method can relieve discomfort at least temporarily, sometimes for good. This massage can be achieved with improved results using anti-inflammatory creams which allow for a deeper massage.

Beneficial Stretches

All stretches must be performed within your comfort range. Stretch aiming to utilise the full mobility of the elbow. If a stretch is uncomfortable or painful, the same stretch can be performed at less than full stretch so as not to be uncomfortable. Stretches can be more restricted in the earlier phases of rehabilitation however restrictive movements usually ease with time and repetition.

Deciding on a Tennis Elbow Brace

The main function of the brace is to assist the affected area for more effective healing. The most common tennis elbow braces are made from neoprene material which easy on the skin. Fitting is usually adjustable so as to be firm around the forearm. There are also some lesser known braces that have unique qualities. There are heat-retaining braces that improve blood circulation. There are straps that employ magnets, which are recognised for their ability to improve blood flow in the deep tissues. Magnetic braces are known to be particularly effective with inflammation. Epicondylitis clasps are a different type of brace which restrict certain movements and apply direct pressure to the affected area, thereby preventing the muscles from straining. Another type of brace is a cold therapy brace that utilizes various fluid filled sacks which are frozen in a freezer. This type is often worn when the pain is intense and helps reduce inflammation in the deep tissues. When choosing a brace it is important to check all available sizes to achieve a firm fit that is not restrictive yet.

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