You got served! Tennis Elbow anyone?
Spring is finally here! The weather will be getting warmer, flowers will be blooming, and of course birds will be chirping! One dreaded spring time ritual will also be on most of our to do lists as well: Yard work! Whether it be raking, weeding, or even constructing the new vegetable garden, all these activities come with one consequence; they put you at risk for repetitive use injuries. One of the most common of these injuries that we see in the spring time is lateral epicondylitis, or better known as tennis elbow.
What is Tennis Elbow exactly?
Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the common extensor tendon that attaches the muscles of your forearm to the outside part of the elbow. It occurs due the repetitive stress that is caused by the type of activities we mentioned before, but also many other household or work related duties (cleaning, painting, plumbing). Contrary to its name, most people with tennis elbow don’t play tennis!
How to treat Tennis Elbow
Treatment for tennis elbow is relatively straight forward, however like most other injuries, the chance of full and pain free recovery is much more likely if you’re evaluated and treated by a qualified Physical Therapist or other orthopedic specialist. Before being seen it is important to control inflammation, so try applying ice to the outside part of your elbow for 15 minutes 1-2 times per day and be careful not to overuse the arm. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of Tennis Elbow, please give our office a call to schedule an evaluation.
If you know of someone who is suffering from Tennis Elbow, please have them give us a call at 339-987-4856.
Cray Physical Therapy offers treatments, management and general information for several types of pain related to work, sports or everyday living injuries. Give us a call at 339-987-4856 so we can help you get on the road to recovery! You can also fill out our contact form by clicking here and we will be back in touch.