Tennis elbow is inflammation, soreness, or pain on the outside side of the upper arm near the elbow. There may be a partial tear of the tendon fibers, which connect muscle to bone. The tear may be at or near where these fibers begin, on the outside of the elbow.
When you use these muscles a lot, small tears develop in the tendon. This leads to irritation and pain where the tendon is attached to the bone. This injury is most common in athletes who play a lot of tennis, baseball, volleyball, or golf
Any activity that involves twisting of the wrist can lead to this condition. This condition may also be due to constant computer keyboard and mouse use.
Elbow pain that gradually gets worse Pain from the outside of the elbow to the forearm and back of the hand when grasping or twisting Weak grasp
The first step is to rest your arm and avoid the activity that causes your symptoms for at least 2 - 3 weeks. You may also want to: Put ice on the outside of your elbow 2 - 3 times a day. Take anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen, or aspirin).
Apply an ice pack to the outside of the elbow Maintain good strength and flexibility in the arm muscles and avoid repetitive motions Rest the elbow when bending and straightening are painful
Ice where it hurts Take medication Get good rest Takes at least 2 to 3 weeks to heal
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