At this time of year, we start to see lots of patients who come to us with various overuse injuries as they return to activities that they’ve not done in a while when the nice weather arrives.
As a result, our joints, muscles, and tendons simply aren’t up to the challenges of weekend adventures, outdoors with the grandchildren, your first 5k in 2023, or exercising more, and they become sore, stiff, and painful.
Our latest blog dives into one of these overuse injuries, and the most common cause of elbow pain; tennis elbow.
As you may have guessed, tennis elbow can be caused by playing tennis, but it could be caused by any activity that puts repeated strain and stress on the elbow joint.
Some other causes of tennis elbow pain can be:
- Using hand-tools when doing DIY or gardening
- Sewing, typing or other activities that involve repetitive hand and wrist movements.
- Exercise that involves gripping, or pulling towards the body
It is common for tennis elbow pain to be more severe, especially when using your arm and for twisting movements like you may do when gardening, playing tennis or doing DIY.
If you have tennis elbow, you will usually experience pain:
- On the outside of the elbow (this can move down your forearm when lifting or bending your arm)
- When gripping small objects, such as a pen, steering wheel or holding a book
- When twisting your forearm, such as turning a door handle or using a screwdriver
In some cases, the pain can also appear when you try to fully straighten your arm depending on the severity of your condition so it can be a varied condition which is why it’s so important to get expert advice for the best results.
For some people, tennis elbow pain can improve on its own with rest, however it can take a very long time for some people.
Therefore, lots of people visit our clinic for specialist treatments and exercise plan because they want to get a faster recovery, and get back to doing the things that they love to do…
Most people don’t want to wait months for their tennis elbow to fix itself.
To speed up the recovery process, in the short term, minimize the activity that caused the flare up of pain to avoid making the condition worse. So, if you notice that your elbow pain seemed to be triggered after going back to the gym, or spending a few hours gardening during the weekend, it can be a good idea to ease up on that activity.
(Don’t worry – Once you have started to recover, you can then gradually reintroduce the activity and this time, it shouldn’t cause any pain).
This will allow some time for the tendons and muscle to recover, alongside physical therapy where we can provide massage and manual treatment to relieve pain and stiffness, as well as encouraging blood flow to the elbow.
For natural, drug-free ways to relieve tennis elbow pain, the use of ice and heat packs can be a simple, and effective way to get short term pain relief because we know that lots of our patients don’t want to be regularly taking pain killers if they can avoid it.
To find out more about how we can help you, we offer free pain consultations, where you can speak to a member of our team, ask any questions that you have, and decide whether physical therapy is the right path for you. Alternatively, call our team at (215) 348-0666.
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