Tennis Elbow

The 10 Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow

What is Tennis Elbow?

Despite its name, athletes are not the only people who develop Tennis Elbow. The painful condition that carries the name ‘Tennis Elbow’ (lateral epicondylitis) occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm are overloaded and muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow.

Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist.  Usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. People like Plumbers, butchers, typists, video gamers, and anyone else who repeatedly makes specific motions with their arms and wrists can develop Tennis Elbow.

 

1. Pain in the Upper Forearm

Persistent pain in the upper forearm is one of the classic tennis elbow symptoms. This pain usually occurs on the outer arm just beneath the elbow, and many people describe this as a burning sensation.

2. Pain Increases with Activities

When basic movements are causing pain, such as raising or bending your arms or while holding a pen this is a concerning sign. Some may experience pain during rotational motions as well, such as turning the forearm to open a door.

3. Rest Brings Relief

In mild cases of tennis elbow, the pain may decrease significantly when the arm is resting. In some cases this maybe enough, however, when the pain continues for a long period, or if rest is no longer painless, medical attention is needed.

4. Pain Often Varies According to the Time of Day

Tennis Elbow can make the injured arm feel stiff and achy upon waking in the morning. As the day proceeds, these sensations should decrease, though discomfort and possibly pain are likely to continue to some degree. Depending on how active the arm was during the day, individuals may feel better or experience more pain before bed.

5. The Nature of the Pain Changes

Tennis Elbow can make the injured arm feel stiff and achy upon waking in the morning. As the day proceeds, these sensations should decrease, though discomfort and possibly pain are likely to continue to some degree. Depending on how active the arm was during the day, individuals may feel better or experience more pain before bed.

6. Painful Handshakes

The handshake (in normal circumstances) is one of our most common and accepted social interactions. For a person with tennis elbow, it is likely one of the first actions he or she will seek to avoid. The squeezing and motion required for a handshake is usually excruciating and is similar to the grip and movements of a tennis racquet.

7. Increased Sensitivity to Pressure

Any pressure on the affected area will increase the pain for a person with tennis elbow. This is because the tendon that attaches on the outside of the joint has become inflamed.

8. Pain Starts Suddenly

Tennis elbow cannot always be clearly identified with an injury. Often, it is the stress of repeated movement that causes eventual inflammation and pain. The slow development of the sensations can also make the cause difficult to pinpoint; often, people do not notice significant symptoms immediately While the pain starts suddenly after a movement of the forearm, the underlying problem (tiny tears created in the tendons of the elbow) developed gradually, over time, from repeated movements of the forearm.

9. It Becomes Harder to Grip Everyday Objects

The tendency of tennis elbow to cause weakened grip strength is one of the most significant ways the injury interferes with an individual’s day to day life. At its most severe, tennis elbow can render any action that requires some strength of the hand extremely difficult and painful.

10. When is Treatment needed

Tennis Elbow is a common injury that can influence your ability to reach, grip, lift and load your arms. The injury can be caused by a trauma, repetitive strain, and poor postures. It is important to have your in jury assessed by a medical professional and to find out what has happened in your situation.

 

When you experience one of the signs above; Call us for an assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the harder it will likely be to resolve your issue.

 

 

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