Tennis elbow is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the tendon that attaches to the outside of your elbow.
This inflammation causes pain in the outer part of your arm and forearm when you bend or straighten your arm.
This type of elbow pain can make even the simplest task extremely painful.
This is most commonly seen in individuals aged 30-50 years old, but you can get it at any age if you overuse your arm and do not take proper care of it.
It is more common in individuals who participate in sports like tennis, racquetball, and soccer.
It is also more common in people who participate in activities that require repetitive arm use like weightlifting or painting.
Tennis elbow Boca Raton FL. is not just a condition that affects the elbow; it can affect your wrist as well.
One way to tell if you have a tennis elbow is if you feel pain in your wrist when you bend your wrist towards the inside of your forearm.
This type of injury often occurs at work or when you are participating in an activity with significant impacts, such as sports.
This type of injury can occur as a result of a fall, a blow to the outside of your elbow, or from overuse.
Tennis elbow Boca Raton FL. usually affects individuals who are involved in some type of physical labor or who play sports that involve bending their elbow.
Tennis elbow often occurs when the muscles in your forearm are overused and do not have a chance to heal.
When you participate in sports that involve arm movement, you need to take proper care of your body by warming up and cooling down before and after your games or practices.
Causes And Symptoms:
The condition is called "tennis elbow" because it occurs most commonly with people who play tennis, but any activity that repeatedly stresses the forearm muscles and tendons can cause it, such as:
- Rock climbing
- Raking leaves or picking up objects with a bent arm
- Other possible causes include a problem with your wrist,
- elbow injury,
- a fracture of the elbow, or a problem with your nerve.
It typically affects only one arm but has been known to affect both arms.
The pain and stiffness worsen with the use of the affected arm, especially during activities that put stress on your forearm muscles and tendons.
- These activities may include:
- Pain when you straighten your arm
- Pain when you bend your wrist towards the inside of your forearm
- Tenderness on or around the outside of your elbow
- Some people experience numbness that travels down
- Shaking hands with someone
- Putting a comb or brush through your hair
- Opening a doorknob
- Using tools such as a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, or wrench
- Brushing your teeth.
To treat tennis elbow you must first determine the severity of your injury.
If the pain does not affect how you use your arm then it is a minor injury, but if the pain prevents you from using your arm properly and causes significant discomfort to you then it is a major injury.
If the pain and discomfort only occur at your wrist when you bend it towards the inside of your forearm then it is an injury to your wrist and not to your elbow.
The good news is that there are many different treatment options available to help manage and cure this condition.
Treatment is focused on relieving the pain, decreasing the amount of time it takes for full recovery, and preventing recurrence.
The condition usually heals within 6 to 12 weeks without any treatment.
Your doctor may suggest one or more of the following treatments to help manage your symptoms:
- You can use ice packs on your elbow more than three times per day to help ease the pain and inflammation
- Resting your arm until you see improvement in your elbow's range of motion
- This can mean resting completely or resting with the use of an arm sling or splint
- Take pain-relieving medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen sodium (Aleve), or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others)
- Radiation therapy
- Surgery is a last resort
If you have tennis elbow and your symptoms don't improve after several months of conservative treatment, surgery may be an option to consider.
In the end, always remember that if you are not feeling better within 1 to 2 weeks of starting a treatment plan or your symptoms get worse with time, seek medical advice from a professional immediately.
In general, injuries to the elbow or forearm can be prevented by taking care of your muscles and tendons.
If you have an office job where you use a computer all day, consider taking frequent breaks to stretch and move around — at least once every hour during the workday.
Also, take 10-15 minutes each night to stretch before bed.
When exercising, warm up your elbow, wrist, and shoulder with gentle range-of-motion exercises.
Also, avoid repetitive arm motions that could lead to injury.
If you play a sport or perform an activity that requires repetitive arm use (such as tennis), strengthens the muscles in your forearms to help prevent injury.
This is especially important for people who also play racquet sports, such as squash or racquetball, which put significant stress on the elbow and forearm area.
It is also best to avoid any activities that could cause further damage and use proper protective equipment when appropriate.
In the end, prevention is always better than a cure! Be sure to always consult with Dr. Matt Mc Nabb if problems persist after using conservative treatment methods.
Take care of yourself and stay healthy!
When to seek medical help?
If you continue to experience pain after at least a few days of treatment, talk to us at Florida Regenerative Health Centers about how you can best manage the pain.
You should also see us if an injury causes weakness or numbness in your hand or arm.
You need to seek medical advice if your symptoms are not relieved within 6 weeks of starting to treat them.
You also need to see a health professional if your symptoms get worse during treatment.
In rare cases, people who ignore the pain and weakness associated with the tennis elbow for a long time can develop a complication called lateral epicondylitis.
Tennis elbow Boca Raton FL. causes a painful bump under the end of the humerus bone in your upper arm that is made worse by specific movements.
If you have this condition, see me --Dr. Matt Mc Nabb, right away.
If you have had tennis elbow for more than 12 weeks and haven't seen improvement with treatments, you should probably consider chiropractic therapy to help speed your recovery and decrease your chances of getting the condition again.
Chiropractic Care :
A chiropractor can show you how to stretch and strengthen your muscles so that stress is not put on your elbow joint.
We also give suggestions on ways to avoid activities or postures that aggravate the condition.
If you think your pain is being caused by tight muscles, ask us about receiving massage therapy or targeted stretching to help ease the tension on the muscles of the elbow and arms.
Regular chiropractic care can reduce chronic pain and improve mobility in your shoulder and neck — which may be linked to tennis elbow.
We can also help you create a preventative treatment plan to protect your elbow from future injury.
Chiropractic care focuses on aligning your spine and extremities as a way of enhancing nerve function throughout the body.
Tennis elbow Boca Raton FL. can be managed successfully through conservative chiropractic treatment.
If we suspect that the cause of your tennis elbow is due to a fall or injury, we may recommend getting an X-ray to assess for broken bones and other damage.
Don't let this scare you because if there isn't any damage most chiropractors won't require any additional tests.
We will simply take a look at your x-ray and then give you an appropriate treatment to relieve the tension of the muscles.
If you are experiencing tennis elbow pain, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
There are many ways that chiropractic care can help with the symptoms of your injury.
We offer a variety of services including rehabilitation therapy, joint manipulation, and more.
To learn more about how we may be able to help you manage your condition, visit our website at https://FloridaRegenerativeHealthCenters.com/, and schedule an appointment today!