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Different Options for Tennis Elbow Treatment

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on October 17, 2011 - 11:21 pm (453 views — 390 words)

All types of sports have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, tennis players acquire tennis elbow after practising too hard for successive days causing them much pain. Tennis players typically hurt themselves through hours of practice that produces constant repetitive stress to the arms and knees. Long hours of practice can lead to serious injuries such as minuscule tears in the forearm tendon. At the beginning, soreness is felt by the tennis player which can progress to excruciating pain. A medical specialist examines the affected area and looks for apparent symptoms. Usually,pain is felt at the affected area spreading to the the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle from the lateral epicondyle (ECRB origin). Simple movements such as passive wrist flexion as well as resisted wrist extension (Cozen's test), with elbow is extended comes with pain.Painful symptoms are often the consequence of micro tears or a degenerative condition with no cure but only a possible delay. There are different options concerning prevention, treatment, and avoidance of recurrence that are mostly speculative such as:

1. Stretches and some types of strengthening tennis elbow exercises that develops flexibility and strength.

2. Progressive strengthening which can enhance grip strength and forearm strength using weights or theraband;

3. As advised by physiotherapists, people who play tennis can avoid injury by developing their shoulder rotator cuff, scapulothoracic and abdominal muscles because this can help the body from overcompensating any wrong form during gross shoulder and arm movements;

4. Any form of soothing massage can also loosen up the tight muscles thereby decreasing the tension on the tendons;

5. Using a tennis elbow strap is one good approach because it redistributes the load and prevents further injury;

6. Use of a racket specifically designed to lessen the ball's effect upon striking.

Some approaches for tennis elbow treatment include:

* Acupuncture
* Blood injection
* Botulinum toxin
* Extra-corporeal shock wave therapy
* Heat therapy
* Immobilization of the forearm and elbow for some period using a splint

* Local injection of cortisone and anaesthesia
*Low level laser therapy * Platelet-rich plasma

* Pulsed ultrasound to break up scar tissue, speed up healing, and promote blood flow in the area

* Sclerotherapy
*Trigger point therapy
Pursuing a sports like tennis is definitely fulfilling; however, players should also take precautions and prevent overdoing the sport lest they retire early.