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Tennis Elbow, Cure and Prevention

Tennis elbow is an injury that occurs in the lateral side of the elbow region. It is developed through overuse of the arm and forearm muscles which produces pain in the elbow. Although the name ‘tennis elbow’ suggests that it’s developed through playing racquet sports, the condition can be caused by other activities like climbing, swimming, or playing active video games on consoles like Wii, PlayStation or Xbox Kinect.

Cure and relief

Tennis elbow cure and prevention doesn't mean medication or treatments. If you’ve developed tennis elbow the best cure is to relax, rest, and let it heal itself. If you want to reduce the pain and swelling, you should use ice packs. Doing this for 20 to 30 minutes every three hours will relieve the symptoms. Using an elbow strap can protect the injured tendon from additional strain, and painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen will reduce the swelling. A course of acupuncture or steroid injections can also help.

Prevention is the best cure

Exercise is the best way to prevent tennis elbow developing. Stretching and strengthening your arm muscles through regular exercises, using the correct technique during activities, alternating hands when possible and, in general, keeping in good shape are the best ways of preventing Tennis elbow from returning.

Final word

In the UK around 5 in every 1,000 people are affected by tennis elbow. If you think you’ve developed the injury you should check with a doctor. Don’t just diagnose from the information available on the web.

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