What You Can Do to Get Relief for Tennis Elbow
While sports like tennis and even golf can cause tennis elbow, you can still get it even if you’ve never played either one. This injury occurs when the tendons of your forearm degenerate through repetitive motions.
Certainly, you’ll be more prone to tennis elbow during sports, but any repetitive motion that strains the muscles ad tendons in your arm can lead you into this painful condition. Using heavy tools, painting, or even playing a musical instrument may mean you wind up enduring the pain of tennis elbow. Here’s what you can do to get relief.
Give It a Rest
Since tennis elbow comes from overuse and repetition, it’s important to rest your elbow. That doesn’t mean refrain from using that arm, but do try not to engage in the same daily motions to activate the other muscles in your arm. Your other muscles can bear more of the burden to keep your tennis elbow from aching.
Manage the Pain
Over the counter pain relievers can be very helpful if you are in severe pain. If you’d rather not take anything though, using ice packs in 15-minute intervals can help soothe those tennis elbow aches. You should use ice for relief several times per day for the best effectiveness.
Use Supportive Gear
Wearing a brace, split, or sports gear may help you by taking some of that pressure off your tendons. You’ll protect yourself from further harm as well when you use these items. Ask your doctor what they recommend.
Work with a Physiotherapist
A physiotherapist can help you treat your tennis elbow. They will devise a plan to help you improve blood flow to the tendons through exercises and stretches. This speeds up healing and in turn, brings you more relief. If you did injure your elbow through tennis, golf, or another sport you adore, your physiotherapist may also be able to show you how to get in the game by changing your movements.
Even when you start feeling better, you should still make time to keep up your physiotherapy program until it is complete. But not everyone has the time to run to endless appointments.
Thankfully, In Your Home Therapy offers physiotherapy that comes to you. At your convenience, we can be there to give you these treatments in the comfort of your own home. You’ll also learn important exercises you can do in between your appointments to improve your injury.
Once you’re healed, you’ll be back in the game, just like you wanted. It all starts right at home with In Your Home Therapy. Schedule an appointment today!