Tennis elbow is a common injury that affects athletes and non-athletes alike. Travis Orthopedic’s Dr. Calvo is an expert on this condition and was published in the Journal of Athletic Training regarding what patients should expect during treatment of this often painful injury.
Not surprisingly because of its name, athletes who suffer from the condition are often tennis or other racquet sport players. The repetitive swinging movement of racquet down strokes can injure the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow. Golfers, painters, plumbers, carpenters and chefs can also overuse these tendons that run from the forearm to the elbow, thus resulting in tennis elbow.
Treatment of tennis elbow may include:
- Rest and avoiding the aggravating sport and stop use of the injured side for work.
- Anti-inflammatory NSAIDs can be taken to reduce inflammation and pain.
- A brace can stabilize the muscles and tendons and allow them to rest and heal.
- Physical therapy and a targeted exercise program can stretch and strengthen the muscles of the forearm.
- Cortisone injections may be administered to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Sporting equipment should be checked. If the patient is a tennis, racquet sport player or golfer, adjustments to equipment may improve movement of the elbow joint and its supporting muscles and tendons.
If you think you may be suffering from tennis elbow, visit Travis Orthopedics for a recovery program so you can get back to your favorite hobby or job as quickly and as pain-free as possible.