Tennis Elbow, Not Just Tennis Players Suffer With It
Well folks this was bound to come up and you guessed it we have a client that is suffering from this condition,
First I would like to point out that the name may imply that only Tennis players got it well I am sure you all know that is not the case it does have a medical name ,but do we all want to go round calling it Lateral Epicondylitis. This is because the pain usually occurs on the bony lump on the outside of the elbow, known as the lateral epicondyle.
Tennis elbow is fairly uncommon. Approximately five in every 1,000 adults in the UK are affected by the condition each year. Tennis elbow usually occurs in adults. Men and woman are affected equally. Well at least some things are equal even if it’s not the good things the condition tends to affect people who are around 40 years old. Are we seeing a pattern, in the fact that wear and tear comes back to hit us after the age of forty
Pain can also occur on the inner side of the elbow, which is known as golfer’s elbow. Those golfers have to get in on the act somewhere,
Now for the science the elbow joint is surrounded by muscles that move the elbow, wrist and fingers. The tendons in your elbow join the bones and muscles together and control the muscles of your forearm around the lateral epicondyle. Are you still with me on this?
When a person gets tennis elbow, one or more of the tendons in their elbow becomes. Painful. Swollen and tight the pain occurs at the point where the tendons of the forearm muscle attach to the bone. Twisting movements, such as turning a door handle or opening the lid of a jar, are particularly painful. In other words your arm aches so much that you don’t want to move it Please DO NOT REACH FOR THE HEAT PAD’S, GEL OR ANY THING LIKE THAT. The first thing you need is our old friend ICE and yes you will have to rest the arm, in around three quarters of cases of tennis elbow, the dominant hand (the one that is used the most) is affected.
Anti-inflammatory painkillers can often reduce mild pain that is caused by tennis elbow. In affect they mask the pain for a short time. However, if your pain is severe or prolonged, a corticosteroid injection may be recommended. This is invasive and can be painful in its self please see our blog about corticosteroid injections
Occasionally, surgery may be used to treat very severe and persistent cases of tennis elbow. we hope you come to us before it gets to that state.
Cases of tennis elbow last between six months and two years. However, in around 9 out of 10 cases, a full recovery may be made within one year. Now we come to some information that will really help At Getfitstayfit Norfolk, can treat Tennis Elbow and reduce the recovery time and reduce the amount of pain considerably using The Bioneuro Dry Therapy System Sigma Q (∑Q®) a medical and clinical approved system. This is a non-invasive method of treatment along with Sports Massage and a gentle exercise program that we will work on with you.