Rest, ice, compression and elevation are the best treatment for tennis elbow, followed up with specific exercise and physical therapy. Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) refers to an injury to the outer elbow tendon that occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, near the elbow joint.
In this regard, can tennis elbow heal on its own?
Tennis elbow will get better without treatment (known as a self-limiting condition). Tennis elbow usually lasts between 6 months and 2 years, with most people (90%) making a full recovery within a year. The most important thing to do is to rest your injured arm and stop doing the activity that caused the problem.
Keeping this in view, is tennis elbow a tendon injury?
The pain may result from tiny tears in the tendon. Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Despite its name, athletes aren’t the only people who develop tennis elbow.
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.
Deep tissue massage to the forearm is a very effective method of easing tennis elbow and healing it much faster than rest alone. Deep tissue massage will enhance circulation and combining this with friction therapy to the tendons on the elbow joint, positive results are seen.
Heat is a solution to provide long-term healing and relief from the pain of tennis elbow. Applying heat to your tennis elbow promotes the flow of blood to this area. The heat relaxes and expands the muscles around your elbow and improves blood flow. Applying heat is recommended tennis elbow stretches and exercises.
Exercises for Tennis Elbow
- FINGER STRETCH WITH RUBBER BAND. Place a rubber band around your thumb and fingers, and slightly cup your hand. …
- GRIP. …
- DOWNWARD WRIST STRETCH. …
- WRIST CURL (PALM UP, PALM DOWN) …
- ELBOW CURLS (PALM UP, PALM DOWN) …
- FOREARM PULL (OPTIONAL) …
- FOREARM TWIST (OPTIONAL)
Use a brace while sleeping
By doing so, they help reduce pressure on the injured elbow tendons, and this can help reduce pain that’s keeping you up at night. These braces help keep the forearm muscles from contracting fully, and this can be helpful to your tennis elbow if you typically clench your fists at night.
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.
Your doctor may recommend the following self-care measures:
- Rest. Avoid activities that aggravate your elbow pain.
- Pain relievers. Try over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen (Aleve).
- Ice. Apply ice or a cold pack for 15 minutes three to four times a day.
Tennis elbow is a condition that causes pain around the outside of the elbow. It’s clinically known as lateral epicondylitis. It often happens after overuse or repeated action of the muscles of the forearm, near the elbow joint.