How do I know if I suffer from tennis elbow?

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Tennis elbow injury or epicondylitis is a degenerative elbow injury because of forcing the forearm or wrist constantly. So often it is recurrent to racquet sportsmen like tennis players that do not use elbow braces, but not only affect this type of sportsmen.

Actually, epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is an inflammation of the tendon around the elbow caused by overuse of the forearm muscles. This overuse can be a repeated and persistent use of the muscles of the forearm or misuse of orthosis or musculature that end with injuries such as tennis elbow.

Symptoms of tennis elbow injury

Epicondylitis or tennis elbow is usually a sports injury that causes pain on the outside of the elbow and can appear at any time, even when rotating or lifting any object. If we touch the elbow, another symptom of tennis elbow is that you will notice a sharp pain on the outer side of the elbow, right around the bone. This pain can be relieved with orthosis and anti-inflammatory.

As it is a kind of tendinitis, the pain of the injury will increase to flex or extend against an opposing force. However, epicondylitis is characterized by constant elbow pain that goes to the forearm and wrist causing a weak grip if there isn’t a good use of orthosis or braces.

Prevention and treatment of epicondylitis

For tennis elbow injury prevention you must take into account the following advices:

  • Postural hygiene.
  • Preventive use of elbow braces.
  • Avoid overexertion.
  • Improve the execution technique of your movements.
  • Let rest the area after performing many elbow movements.
  • Stretching and gentle massage in the area of ​​the elbow.

For the treatment of epicondylitis the medical monitoring it is essential, although Teyder offers some advice for a functional recovery of your tennis elbow injury:

  • Cryotherapy.
  • Rest as directed by your doctor.
  • Use anti-inflammatory gels or medicines like ibuprofen or naproxeno.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Rehabilitation and constant stretching exercises.
  • Postural re-education and improvement of your execution technique.
  • Use the elbow orthosis of Sport One that Teyder designed for the recovery of epicondylitis.

If you’ve suffered a tennis elbow injury and want to re-mobilize your entire arm with normality is important to know the cause of your elbow injury and avoid it. How? If you are a tennis player: observe the correct forms of execution, change the handle size or material of your tennis racket, improve your technique, use elbow orthosis and reduce the frequency and intensity of play tennis. If your elbow injury is due to overexertion at work, consult the best exercises and stretching arm with a physiotherapist without neglecting the good body posture and elbow orthosis to prevent further overexertion.

Thus, both prevention and treatment of epicondylitis (tennis elbow) require good elbow orthosis. In Teyder we have elbow braces designed for all kind of elbow injuries and the different phases of epicondylitis. Find your elbow orthosis for tennis elbow here.