Tennis Elbow

Joshua Hartman

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is when tendons, muscles, bursa, periosteum, or the epicondyle are inflamed. The pain from tennis elbow can spread into your wrist and forearm. Usually starts when tendons in your forearm muscles cling to a bony bump in the elbow. About 2% of the population is affected by tennis elbow and the average age of getting tennis elbow is between 30 and 50.

How you know you have Tennis elbow?

Symptoms include the epicondyles may be tender and gripping or rotating the wrist or forearm increasing the pain. If this goes on to long your grip will lose strength.

What to do to get rid of tennis elbow

Short term relief:

  • Ice or heat
  • Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers

Long term relief:

  • Shock wave therapy
  • Manipulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Massage therapy
  • Hydrotherapy

The recovery

If someone were to get tennis elbow it is almost always curable. Treatment can take up to six months if symptoms become chronic. This disorder can take up to a year to fully heal if surgery was involved.

Why you need to know about tennis elbow

From my research I learned almost everything about tennis elbow such as it affects the muscles in the elbow then moves to the wrist and forearm and is very painfully until cured. It is cured by many types of therapy and sometimes even surgeries. I feel it is important for others to be careful not to overuse their arms because it can develop into damaging results, such as tennis elbow.