Can You Have Tennis Elbow Without Playing Tennis?

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Have you been experiencing pain and weakness in your elbow and forearm? We might have a diagnosis for you.

Tennis ElbowNot surprisingly, if you don’t play tennis or racquetball you might not be familiar with the term “tennis elbow”. But nevertheless, you could still be experiencing this afflictive condition.

Tennis elbow is the inflammation of tendons that attach your forearm muscles to your elbow joint. Repetitive use of your elbows in whatever activity, whether it be playing tennis or working as a painter or plumber, can damage the muscles and tendons involved. The repetitive motion causes the tendons and muscle to rub over bony bumps that produce microscopic tears. The tears then inflame the tendons and muscle, causing pain and tenderness on the outer side of the elbow. Tennis elbow can also cause weakness in a person’s ability to grip and hold things.

Tennis Elbow Diagnosis

If these symptoms sound familiar to you, it might be time to see an orthopedic doctor. When you go to your appointment, you’ll want to be prepared with answers to a few questions such as:

  1. What kinds of repetitive activities do you use the affected arm for?
  2. What symptoms are you experiencing and where?
  3. Do you have a history of rheumatoid arthritis and/or nerve disease?

After an examination, the doctor may want to have you get an X-Ray or MRI to see what kind of injury has occurred and the severity of the damage to bone and tissue.

Tennis Elbow Treatment

Once a diagnosis has been made, and it’s diagnosed as tennis elbow, you’ll most likely have a few options to consider for treatment.

Thankfully, there are non-surgical treatments available for tennis elbow and about 80-95% of patients benefit from these:

  • Rest – Take a break from the cause of the elbow injury.
  • Taking OTC Anti-Inflammatory Medications – Take aspirin or ibuprofen to help with pain and inflammation.
  • Wearing A Brace – There are braces made especially for tennis elbow that take pressure off of the forearm muscles, giving rest to the affected area.
  • Steroid Injections – Injecting the damaged muscle with a steroid such as cortisone can help with inflammation and pain.
  • Physical Therapy – Doing tennis elbow exercises can strengthen muscles and take pressure off of the tendons.

Give Allied Bone and Joint a call today to find out more about how we can help you with your tennis elbow or any other orthopedic conditions you might be dealing with.

Plymouth – (877) 816-9324

South Bend – (574) 367-2575

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