What are the best treatments for tennis elbow? If you’ve ever come home from the tennis court with a sore elbow, you’ve probably wondered: how can I get rid of tennis elbow for good? What’s the fastest way to heal? How can I prevent injury from happening next time I play?
It’s the injury so common among tennis players, doctors have named the malady just for us. Yes, tennis elbow plagues all of us at some point. I’m going to give you some tips on dealing with tennis elbow. Check ‘em out…
It sounds simple, but icing a sore elbow at the first sign of trouble is a great way to stop tennis elbow in its tracks. Take an anti-inflammatory, like aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen.
The best treatment, of course, is rest. Take some time off to really allow your tendons to heal. Depending on how severe your injury is, rest could mean anywhere from a few days to a few months. If your condition doesn’t improve, you might need surgery. This isn’t typical, though – only about 5% of tennis elbow patients will need surgery.
Many patients need rehabilitation at some point. A physical therapist can do wonders to help you recover. Certain exercises done in rehab will decrease pain and increase range of motion. Many patients also wear a special counterforce brace. This brace spreads pressure throughout the entire arm, taking stress off of the tendons in the elbow. You don’t have to see a doctor to snag a brace like this – check your local sports store.
Another option is corticosteroid injections. This is a good choice if you’ve done rehab exercise and you’re still feeling pain after 6 to 8 weeks. Still, it’s no miracle cure. The injections can actually be harmful to the tendon if done excessively.
None of these remedies will be effective for long if you don’t get to the root of the problem. Listen to your body. Tennis elbow is frequently caused by performing moves that stress your forearm muscles. Meet with a tennis coach or sports trainer and have him/her correct any techniques that may be putting excess strain on those muscles. An expert can often pinpoint exactly what’s causing the problem.
These remedies should get you back on the tennis court in no time, but if tennis elbow continues to cause problems for you even after trying some of these remedies, consult your doctor. Your elbow will thank you!
See you on the court,
Scott @ TennisBully.com
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