Tennis elbow is one of the most common injuries that occurs when people play tennis. With spring here, more and more people are getting back into the sport, which inevitable leads to more tennis-related injuries. For rising athlete, Aaron Umen, tennis is more than just a sport. As a tennis player and coach, the sport is equal parts passion and profession. Today, he shares his tips for treating tennis elbow.
- Tennis elbow occurs from overuse of the wrist and arm and it causes pain on the outside of the elbow. You may also experience a weaker grip due to the inflammation. The medical term for this is lateral epicondylitis. Tennis elbow can last anywhere from six months to two years.
- Unfortunately, the main way of treating this condition is to simply rest the arm and discontinue the activity that injured you in the first place. You can talk to your tennis coach about changing your movements to support your recovery.
- It can be helpful to hold a cold compress to your elbow for a few minutes each day until you are healed.
- Over the counter pain medications can be taken to help with pain and reduce inflammation.
- Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist in severe cases. They can massage the injured area and give you exercises to do to strengthen the arm and increase mobility.
- Using a brace for the inured arm can also help support your recovery.