If you're a tennis player, you may at one time or another come to be affected by a condition known as "tennis elbow." Understanding what tennis elbow is and how you can treat it can help you stay in the game without pain during this spring's tennis season.
What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is a term commonly used to describe injury that arises from overuse of the forearm. Tennis elbow is a particular problem for tennis players, although many other people can be affected by the same condition. In fact, sometimes tennis elbow is called "painter's elbow," because it's also a common problem for professional painters, and it can also be called "golfer's elbow." All of these terms are different names for the same condition.
What causes tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is caused by injury of the muscles and tendons in the area where they attach to the elbow. Typically this injury occurs because of the repetitive arm motions that you make when you swing your tennis racket.
What are some of the signs of tennis elbow?
If you have tennis elbow, you'll feel the following symptoms:
What can you do to treat tennis elbow?
The best way to treat tennis elbow is to catch it when it's just beginning. As soon as the pain begins, see a sports injury physical therapy practitioner. He or she can make treatment recommendations that will help you recover, including:
For more information about tennis elbow and how it can be treated, talk to your sports injury physical therapy specialist. He or she will help you recover and get back to playing tennis this spring.Share