What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is one of the most common soft tissue conditions of the arm that affects 1-3%of American adults. It is caused by repetitive overuse movements of the arm and wrist, resulting in inflammation to the tendons of the elbow.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is a common condition, but its effects are very painful and uncomfortable for the person who suffers from it. The most common symptoms include:
- achy pain or burning sensation on the outside part of your elbow
- can be a sharp pain that goes away but then leaves you achy.
- pain makes you feel like you have a weakened grip
The symptoms often get worse with forearm movement, such as holding a racquet, turning a wrench, or even shaking hands. Your dominant arm is most frequently affected by this condition; nevertheless, you may feel the symptoms in both arms.
When you are in pain, you want your symptoms to disappear really fast, which is understandable. There are some therapies you can try to achieve this goal. However, remember that good therapy is the one which brings lasting effects without worsening your condition in the long run. So, your safest bet will be consulting an occupational/ physical therapist, who will guide you through the process, ensuring the most lasting results.
Common treatments include:
Give your arm proper rest. It’s the first thing you may want to try before you move on to more advanced techniques. Stop all sports, or burdening work activities for a few weeks.
Use ice pack to relax the muscle or use ice to massage to help reduce the deep swelling
Using a brace centered over the posterior part of your forearm should also help relieve some symptoms of tennis elbow. The positive outcome is ensured by the brace helping to rest the muscles and tendons connected to your elbow. Just don’t get stuck using it forever….it’s just a band aid.
Occupational/Physical therapy in Miami/Doral.
Specific exercises are helpful for strengthening the muscles of the forearm. Your occupational/physical therapist in Miami, or Doral can use hands-on techniques to reduce the pain, muscle-stimulation techniques to improve muscle healing, and teach you all the things you can do to get rid of tennis elbow for good.
The right occupational/physical therapy program is your best chance to get rid of the hand pain and numbness, stop the tennis elbow symptoms from getting worse and avoiding repeated injections, and surgery.
Ultimately, occupational/physical therapy treatment is vital for patients suffering from tennis elbow. It can help minimize and even eliminate symptoms. Occupational/Physical therapy enables you to return to regular activities and live life to the fullest, WITHOUT PAIN.
Hands on Therapy Services – your Tennis Elbow therapy destination!
At Hands on Therapy Services, Hoang Tran’s and other therapists’ mission is to help you make the best decisions on what to do for your health and well-being. With their help, you will receive answers you need and professional help that will bring you back to full recovery.
Our Miami clinic offers an open and friendlyenvironment where you will feel comfortable being treated by an occupational therapist or certified hand therapist (OT/CHT) in a one-on-one setting.
Do you live in Miami, or Doral, and you are having elbow pain, or just annoying, nagging discomfort? Are you looking to ease your mind about what can be done to help no matter how long it’s been – weeks, months, or even years? Hands on Therapy Services, a provider of occupational/physical therapy, will be happy to answer ALL your questions regarding physical therapy in Doral, or physical therapy in Miami. Contact Us to make an appointment, or learn more about what we can do for you.
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