What is Tennis Elbow?
Medikoe Health Expert
Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Lateral epicondylitis commonly called as Tennis elbow is a painful muscle condition. This arises when the tendons in the elbow are overloaded due to excessive motion causing acute pain. It goes by the name tennis elbow because athletes are usually the one’s that suffer from this condition because of their repetitive wrist and arm movements. It also effects people who do labour intensive jobs like carpentry, plumbing and painting.
The condition begins at the elbow and continues into the wrist and forearms causing pain and weakness:
- Shaking hands
- Holding or lifting any object
- Turning a doorknob
If the pain persists after resting and use of icepacks its best to see a doctor and get yourself checked.
Diagnosis and treatment
The doctor performs a physical examination where he applies pressure to the area and asks you to move your elbow in different ways. The examination along with your medical history is usually enough but in certain cases the doctor might want you to get an Xray as well.
If packs and painkillers don’t help, the doctor will recommend you see a physical therapist who will teach you exercises that will help you stretch and strengthen the affected muscles and reduce stress on the injured tissue. In more advance cases injection to repair the tissues or surgery yo remove the damaged tissue might also be prescribed. Taking a good amount of rest and pain relievers can help with recovery.
Physiotherapy exercises that help:
Simple wrist turns: Start by holding out your hand with your palm facing upwards, keep your elbow bent at a right angle. Now, slowly turn your wrist such that you palm begins to face downwards. Repeat this, 3 sets and 10 times each. Once you get better, you can add slight weight like a tin of beans to the exercise regime.
Wrist lifts:Holding a tin, gently lit your palm towards your wrist, hold for a couple of seconds and then relax it back to the initial position.
Wrist flexes: Stretch you hand out such that your palm and fingers are facing downwards. Now, with your other hands, gently press your fingers towards the hand as shown in the figure. Repeat this for the other hand as well.
Elbow bends:Gently move your hands towards the shoulder, hold for a few seconds and then bring it back down. Repeat this 10 times on both hands.