Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow

If you ever experience extreme pain in your elbow after some prolonged tasks or repetitive movement, then it could be time for you to visit an ortho. If you’ve ended up injuring yourself and are no more able to bend your elbow in a painless motion, this could be a case of a Tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow is a medical condition scientifically known as (lateral epicondylitis), and it doesn’t necessarily affect sportspersons. Around 1% to 3% of people undergo this situation, and it isn’t gender-specific. Therefore, it is important to keep a close eye on your injuries or else they could further aggravate into something even more serious.

Get a complete overview of the syndrome in this article and know where to get the best tennis elbow treatment.

What is a Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a medical condition that causes the arm muscles to swell, degenerate and subsequently to tearing. A major cause of this syndrome could be excessive training and repetitive movement of the arm.

While this condition is pretty common among tennis players, it could potentially affect anyone who undergoes vigorous exercise or repetitive movements.

The tissues of your elbow are overloaded due to the exercise you tend to undertake. Tennis elbow is a minor injury, and it is quite easy to treat, but healing could require some rest. Also, the syndrome cannot be ignored completely as it can cause further issues in your arm and wrist areas. Thus, you must undertake a proper tennis elbow treatment.

Causes

The major cause of a tennis elbow is any sort of repetitive movements. Repetitive movements cause fatigue in your muscles, to a point where it becomes unbearable, and that causes the muscles to swell or tear.

The pain caused by overloading of the muscles is called tendinitis, and over time it could degenerate. Scientifically speaking, tendinosis of the muscles takes place, and they eventually tear open.

Thus, it is advised to avoid any kind of repetitive arm movements like racqueting or lifting heavy weights one after another. Construction workers are vulnerable to this syndrome.

Some other day-to-day activities like painting, carpentry, working with cars or plumbing could also cause a tennis elbow.

Sometimes, a severe accident or a sudden jerk of the elbow can cause the muscles to tear immediately. Thus, all such heavy exercises or any activity that can overload the muscles of your arms must be avoided.

Symptoms

Well, the noticeable symptoms could be excessive pain and swelling of the arm. But they won’t clearly indicate a tennis elbow.

In order to identify a tennis elbow, one must try lifting or holding a grip over various objects, like a coffee mug. Patients often end up losing their grip over things due to the tearing of muscles.

You can even feel a lump on your elbow in case of an injury. Unexplained, constant pain in your elbow could be another clear indication.

It is particularly hard to move your hands around or fold them. Tugging it under your pillow while sleeping isn’t an option, and there is noticeable swelling and reddening on your elbow.

In such conditions, it is critical to get a tennis elbow treatment as early as possible. Be sure to visit us at Saqsham Ortho for the best tennis elbow treatment.

Diagnosis

If the issue isn’t resolved even after having undertaken some home remedies like using ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers, you must visit a professional for a tennis elbow treatment/ physiotherapy.

We at Saqsham Ortho will first diagnose your elbow by slowly knocking over it and it trying to bend it gently. They will examine the pain and the swelling, trying to locate the exact position of the pain.

In the case of a lump, a tennis elbow injury is clear, but in some cases, we might have to undertake further diagnosis like MRI and X-ray.

X-ray: We wish to ensure that it is a case of any bone injury; an X-ray will give a clear idea and further indications to go for a diagnosis like the MRI.

MRI: MRI could be undertaken to find arthritis in your lower back or neck that can cause an issue with your elbow. We will detect any kind of slip in the disks.

Electromyography: This will help detect any issues pertaining to the nerves in your elbow. In case of numbness and other nerve-related issues, we will calculate the rate of electrical activity in your nerves while they are at rest and while they contract.

According to the severity, we will undertake a tennis elbow treatment suitable to your conditions.

Treatment

We recommend kinds of treatments and primarily focus on nonsurgical ones. The procedure might take up a span of 18 months, depending on your recovery and the severity of the condition. It is rather advisable to follow the prescribed treatment and diet to overcome this issue.

Rest and physical therapy: We would suggest proper rest and avoiding any vigorous arm activities for a period of 18 months. We additionally recommend some tennis elbow treatment physiotherapy that is done by professionals.

Injections and drugs: in case of excessive pain and inflammation, we suggest a few drugs and injections that can perform more efficiently, speeding your recovery process. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and injectable Corticosteroids are usually recommended.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy: Under ultrasound guidance, we will inject concentrated, healthy platelets into your blood. This will speed up the recovery process.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy: This is a technique in which sound waves are used to break the damaged tissues. This will help cure numbness and swelling in the area as blood circulation improves.

Surgical methods: If there is no effective result in 12 months of nonsurgical methods, we undertake various surgeries that predominantly focus on fixing your tendons. Tendons can be repaired or completely removed. Minimal invasive tenotomy and other arthroscopic surgeries are undertaken to remove these tendons.

Recovery can take up to 4 to 5 months.

We provide quality services with a team of professional doctors. Saqsham Ortho is a place to visit for all your orthopaedic issues. Contact us now and avail further details.

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