Don’t let tennis elbow get in the way of living your life
Playing tennis isn’t the only reason you’ve been diagnosed with tennis elbow. In fact, carpenters, plumbers painters, auto mechanics, cooks and butchers (amongst others) are most likely to develop tennis elbow over other occupations. Anything that causes repetition and weight lifting is what leads to this injury.
Tennis elbow is another name for lateral epicondylitis. This is a painful condition caused by overuse and repetition. This causes inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow treatment in South Bend is treatable by Allied Bone and Joint professionals, and we will explain how.
Before your doctor officially diagnoses you with tennis elbow, he will ask you a series of questions including your occupation, hobbies, sports, etc. Your doctor may then recommend some additional testing to be sure that the diagnosis is tennis elbow. Your doctor may or may not:
- Take X-Rays
- Perform MRI Scan
- Order an EMG (electromyography)
Options For Tennis Elbow Treatment In South Bend
Luckily, 80%-95% of those who choose to pursue non-surgical treatment have success. Some non-surgical treatments may include:
- Rest. Give your arm a break. The redundant strain that you have put on your arm needs to go to the wayside for some time. We suggest to stop participating in sports and activities that cause stress to your arm, for several weeks.
- Anti-Inflammatory Medicine. This will reduce pain and swelling.
- Physical Therapy. Specific exercises to help build muscles in your forearm will help aide against tennis elbow. These tennis elbow exercises may continue for a few months until improvement is confirmed.
- Brace. Utilizing a brace, such as a counterforce brace, will help relieve symptoms of tennis elbow by allowing rest for your muscles and tendons.
- Equipment Check. If you participate in a sport that utilizes racquets, you may be encouraged to have your equipment double checked to ensure that their condition isn’t causing you pain.
- Steroid Injections. Cortisone is an effective anti-inflammatory that will help relieve your symptoms.
- Open Surgery. Perhaps the most common surgery for tennis elbow that involves making an incision over the elbow.
- Arthroscopic Surgery. Surgery used with miniature instruments and small incisions, allowing for a generally easy outpatient procedure.
Allied Bone and Joint provide you with doctors who focus on treatment that works best for you. If you are interested in learning more about our tennis elbow treatment in South Bend, you can fill out an appointment request online, or call our South Bend office at (574) 247-4667.
We look forward to putting your life in motion.
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