Various approaches to tennis elbow treatment

There are benefits derived from engaging into sports activities as well as risks. In the case of tennis, athletes are not spared from injuries such as tennis elbow which is a result of over practice. When tennis players practice very hard to hit hundreds of tennis balls, tennis elbow is most likely to develop soon. Excessive practice can result to minuscule tears in the forearm tendon which is really serious. From the onset of the injury, soreness is the common complaint of players until it becomes almost intolerable. A medical specialist examines the affected area and looks for apparent symptoms. It is but typical to feel pain surrounding the affected area extending 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 various strengthening tennis elbow exercises that promotes 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. Massage can do wonders to lessen the muscular tightness and reduce 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.

These are some of the possible solutions for tennis elbow treatment :
* Acupuncture
*Blood injection
*Botulinum toxin
*Extra-corporeal shock wave therapy (lithotriptor)
*Heat therapy
*Immobilization of the forearm and elbow using a splint for two to three weeks
* 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.