Despite the name, tennis elbow injury has very little to do with tennis, one doesn’t even need to be an athlete to get tennis elbow. It happens as a result of repetitive strenuous motions of the arm and wrist, for example, butchers, painters, carpenters and yes, tennis players have a high instance of tennis elbow. This repetitive strain injury can be quite painful even excruciating and affects 1 in 3 people. It is the result of strain or even partial tear, which causes inflammation of the tendon tissues that connect the muscles to the elbow joint. This happens because those muscles and tendons are overburdened by continuous and repetitive motions. The pain can be intense, but if tennis elbow injury is caught in time and is properly treated and given rest, it can heal without issues, however, if one does not adhere to the strict treatment regimen the condition will continue, worsen, and possibly even become chronic, then the only solution will be surgery. So how do you catch it in time? Well, the first step is to know the signs and symptoms of Tennis Elbow or lateral epicondylitis as it is known in the medical field. You will not be able to see any physical signs – no swelling, redness, rash or bruising occur with this injury. The only signs to look out for are the various types pain:
- Sudden onset of pain on the outside of the elbow
- Severe pain when shaking hands or squeezing objects
- Pain that intensifies as you use your wrist to do everyday activities, like brushing your hair or teeth.