Tennis elbow is the most common overuse injury in the elbow. It causes the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow tender and painful. The extensor muscles of the forearm, that extend ( straighten) the wrist, become strained from overuse, causing pain and inflammation where they attach to the bone. The supinator muscle that allows the forearm to be twisted up to the palm can lead to tennis elbow. Tendons can become taut or restricted, causing irritation.
Cause of injury
Overuse of the muscles connected to the elbow. Arthritis, gout or rheumatism. Direct injury to the elbow.
Tennis elbow symptoms
The elbow is tender and painful to touch. Also, movement is painful. Elbow is inflamed.
Tennis elbow is usually treated without surgery, if the condition is disregarded though distress will worsen, with the prospect of muscle or tendon damage.
Avoid any activities that cause repetitive stress to the elbow. RICER for 48-72 hours after injury. The use of analgesics and inflammatory drugs.
Rehabilitation and prevention
Frequently bandage or a splint could be used to immobilize the elbow that is injured and prevent movement. Activities involving stress should be prevented until the condition improves. Surgery can be required. A rest period of six weeks is advised. After strengthening exercises are advised.
Surgery is usually required by only a few patients. 80-90 per cent find the condition significantly improved.
Sports massage in Watford for tennis elbow
Sports massage will increase circulation to the tendons on the elbow joint, positive results are seen. It helps break down the tension in the tendons, scar tissue, alleviates pain, releases muscle spasms and improves flexibility. Our highly trained sports massage therapist at Lucas Massage Therapy uses sports massage to help treat pain, stress and muscles tightness.