Tennis Elbow? But I Don’t Even Play Tennis!

Tennis Elbow? But I Don’t Even Play Tennis!

Chiropractic Clarksville MD Tennis Elbow

Bottom Line:

Did you know… tennis elbow isn't just for athletes.

Lateral epicondyle tendinopathy – or tennis elbow - is a painful condition that occurs when the tendons in your elbow become irritated and overloaded as a result of repetitive motion.

Because the repetitive motion that occurs is similar to that of swinging a tennis racket, it's commonly referred to as tennis elbow.

However, anyone who has a job characterized by similar repetitive arm motions may be at risk.

Why it Matters:

Tennis elbow is often characterized by some pain and weakness, and that can make it difficult to perform your daily tasks.

Because tennis elbow is an injury caused by repetitive - perhaps essential - motions, finding ways to decrease the irritation and improve your biomechanics is especially important.

Here are 3 natural ways to help reduce the pain associated with tennis elbow …

  • Rest. Giving your arm time to rest is important to stop triggering irritation and pain.
  • Ice. Icing a few times per hour is a smart strategy to reduce pain in first few days
  • Technique. Be mindful of how you are moving your arm, use proper ergonomics, and use a brace for a short time if necessary.

Next Steps:

Tennis elbow is usually not a condition that will go away on its own, but can take up to a year.

However, we've found three key strategies for more rapidly reducing pain and restoring lost function associated with tennis elbow.

The first is creating a plan of care that includes specific at-home exercises to strengthen your supporting muscles.
The second is performing chiropractic adjustments, when necessary, to improve the motion and movement of your elbow joints.

Third, dry needling and/or soft tissue manipulation by hand or using special instruments can be helpful for stubborn cases.

So, if you or someone you know is living with tennis elbow, give us a call.

Together, we’ll create an individualized care plan focused on helping you find lasting relief, naturally.

Science Source(s):

  • Tennis Elbow. Orthoinfo by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 2021.