Tennis elbow, as lateral epicondylitis is commonly known as is a common elbow injury that commonly affects people who swing their arms in repeated motions especially while gripping objects. The most vulnerable people are manual laborers, racquet games players and athletes who take part in sporting activities that involve swinging and throwing like baseball. The repetitive motions can cause tiny tears in the arm tendons on the outer part of the elbow. Some of the common symptoms of this injury at its early stages include soreness, numbness and tingling, pain in the affected area, weakness of the muscles, inability to effectively stretch the arm, swelling and inflammation. If not dealt with in good time, the injury may affect the wrist, fingers and even the elbow.
Although there are a number of effective tennis elbow treatment options, they are all conservative in that they rely on rest, anti-inflammatory medication and pain relief to treat the injured tendons. To correctly diagnose tennis elbow, the doctor will feel the tenderness of the knob at the elbow of the injured arm and find out if it is painful when the arm is twisted backwards or sideways. The pain increases if an object is gripped, shaking hands may therefore be something very painful. Once it is certain that the condition is tennis elbow, the next thing is to go for tennis elbow treatment.
Most effective tennis elbow treatments are passive and conservative, the torn tendons will always be allowed to heal on their own. The first and only real treatment is actually allowing the injured tendons to rest and stopping the activity that may have caused the damage in the first place until the injured tendons are completely healed. First aid remedies focus on relieving the pain, preventing or quelling inflammation and dealing with swelling that may result from the torn tissues. Ice packs, a pack of frozen peas or heat packs should be applied on the injured tendons to bring comfort and soothe the injury.
As the arm heals, it is important to do some tennis elbow exercise routines that will help increase the pace of healing and also ensure that the arm heals right. In many cases, you should be able to do basic stretching exercises within a few days of injury and later increase intensity to doing weight strength exercises by the time the injury is completely healed. Be careful not to overdo them otherwise you may damage the healing tissues and cause undesirable complications. If you feel any symptoms stop your Fitness World workouts and consult your doctor.