Your healthcare provider can usually diagnosis your tennis elbow by a physical exam. In some cases, you may certain tests, such as: An X-ray to look at the bones of your elbow to see if you have arthritis in your elbow. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can show your tendons and how severe the damage is.
Keeping this in consideration, what can be mistaken for tennis elbow?
Other Conditions Mistaken for Tennis Elbow
- Medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow, causes pain in the same area as tennis elbow. …
- Osteochondritis is a joint disease. …
- Arthritis can wear down the protective cartilage around the elbow.
Hereof, what happens if you don’t treat tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow most commonly affects people between the ages of 30 to 50. People may often attribute the pain to growing older and hope that by ignoring it, the pain will go away. However, if left untreated, tennis elbow can progress into a debilitating injury that could eventually require surgery.
Does tennis elbow hurt all the time?
The most common symptom of tennis elbow is an ache on the outside of your elbow. Over time — from a few weeks to a few months — the ache turns into a constant pain. The outside of your elbow may be too painful to touch.
Sleeping with tennis elbow
To avoid putting strain on your elbow while recovering from tennis elbow, you should sleep on your back and try to keep your arms in a straighter, more natural relaxed position. It helps to prop up each arm on pillows on either side of you.
Types of treatment that help are:
- Icing the elbow to reduce pain and swelling. …
- Using an elbow strap to protect the injured tendon from further strain.
- Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, to help with pain and swelling.
The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist.
Many people find that it hurts the worst first thing in the morning, because the muscles and tendons stiffen during sleep, when we’re relatively immobile and circulation drops. This overnight stiffening can exacerbate the pain once you get up and begin moving the arm.