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Tennis Elbow

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is a painful condition of the elbow, which generally occurs when the tendons of the elbow are overloaded. It is caused due to the continuous movement of the arm and the wrist. Unlike its name, it is not that only the athletes get a tennis elbow. People who have to do continuous arm movements like painters, plumbers, carpenters and butchers are also likely to get a tennis elbow.

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The pain of the tennis elbow generally occurs at the place of the arm where the muscles of the forearm attach to the bony uprising outside the elbow. Sometimes the pain of tennis elbow becomes so severe that the pain can also spread to the wrist and the forearm. Painkillers and having rest are the two most common treatments of tennis elbow. Although if the treatments does not work, doctors might suggest for a surgery as well.

Symptoms of tennis elbow:

The pain when someone develops a tennis elbow radiates from the outside of the elbow to the wrist and the forearm. The weakness of the muscles and the pain may make it difficult to grip an object or to shake hands, hold a cup or turn a door knob. In short, gripping becomes very difficult when someone develops a tennis elbow.

Causes of tennis elbow:

Tennis elbow is caused due to overuse of the muscle following the strain Injury of the Muscle. The main cause behind tennis elbow is the continuous contraction of the muscles of the forearm which are used to raise and straighten the wrist and hand. The repeated contraction motions result in tiny Tears in the tendons which attach the muscles of the forearm to the bony bump outside the elbow. As the name goes, playing tennis, mostly when the backhand stroke with poor technique is used, is another cause of developing a tennis elbow. Other causes are:

  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Screw driving
  • Butchering
  • Continuous use of the computer mouse

Risk factors of developing tennis elbow:

There are certain factors which can increase the risk of developing tennis elbow:

  • Occupation: People whose occupation includes repetitive movement of the wrist are most likely to develop tennis elbow. Example: cooks and painters
  • Sports: Employing poor stroke techniques in racket sports increases the chances of developing tennis elbow.
  • Age: Tennis elbow is most common in people of age ranging from 30 to 50 years.

Treatment of tennis elbow:

Apart from painkiller medications and rest, surgeries are also prescribed by doctors when the pain becomes unbearable. Although, most of the people try to avoid surgery as much as possible as the healing time is very long. New techniques of treatment like PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy are also being used now. The blood platelets have healing growth factors and therefore PRP works very well for treating tennis elbow. PRP allows quicker recovery from the pain as well as allows better functioning of the wrist than surgeries. Dr Vineeth MB, Ortho Consultant in Ernakualm provides Tennis Elbow PRP Treatment in Kochi. Best Biological and Economical Elbow Pain Therapy in Kerala, India

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