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Elbow Hurting?

Posted by Vicki on 08/27/2013

     Tennis elbow is a condition that causes pain over the outside of the elbow and can nag you for a long time. It is seldom caused from tennis, but was first classified by people who played the game. The technical name is lateral epicondylitis, and is caused when the tendon of the muscle that attaches on the outside of the elbow begins to pull away from the bone (specifically the lateral epicondyle of the elbow). The muscle/tendon is the main muscle that moves the wrist and is often aggrivated by gripping objects too tightly. The smaller the item being gripped, the more stress is put on the muscle. Here are a few things to try when your elbow is causing you pain:

  1. Use a cold pack to relieve the inflamation over the painful area. (see my blog on "ice or heat")
  2. Avoid gripping very small objects and if possible, increase the diameter of the object.
  3. Wear a brace over the wrist at night to reduce strain on the elbow.
  4. Try a tennis elbow strap to distribute the forces over a wider area.

       These stretches will also help reduce the tightness and thus decrease the amount of strain on the tendon.

 

Remember if your pain persists, the best thing is seek advice from your physical therapist who is trained to treat this condition. The longer you wait, the longer the healing time.

     Call us today and let us help you get back on the road to recovery!