It’s a sweaty match in the sweltering heat of July. You’ve established a steady rhythm, your friend bounces the ball over the net and you’ve managed to nail it back almost every time. But as the game progresses, the pain in your elbow that you had passed off as a slight affliction has begun to worsen.
Soon, it becomes a stabbing pain and your elbow begins to throb. Eventually, you can’t manage to grip the racquet effectively anymore and after a few failed attempts to regain your previous composure, you call it quits.
Sidelined for the rest of the day, you begin to contemplate your injury. You discover that it’s Tennis Elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, the fabled 2 week lesson in muscle overuse you’ve so adamantly ignored as a possible enemy to your prowess.
So what is tennis elbow Vancouver?
This condition is common, affecting 50% of tennis players, and forms because the extensor carpi radialus brevis muscle, which helps you stabilize your wrist when your elbow is straight, becomes weakened from overuse. Overtime, micro-tears form in the tendon that connects the muscle to the lateral epicondyle bone.
- develop in your dominant arm
- include pain or burning in the outer part of your elbow
- weak grip strength with your hands
Though symptoms are severe, there is a solution. General medical treatment of Tennis Elbow involves physical therapy, topical anti-inflammatory gels, topical cortisone gels, or a chiropractic assessment.
A natural tennis elbow treatment can be useful
However, there is an effective home method for tennis elbow that might get your back to your match sooner. Here’s how it works:
- First, is necessary to rest up to 2-3 weeks before participation in any activity with the injured arm. This step is an important prerequisite before any further steps in this process.
- Second, it is critical that you begin icing and compression right away. This is because icing the arm and keeping it compressed within the first 24-48 hours of aggravation of the muscle keeps inflammation, the build-up of the body’s natural healing chemicals that escape the blood vessels and saturate the tissues around the muscle, from building up in large enough quantities around the injury to restrict blood flow and delay the healing process.
- Third, along with rest, ice, and compression, anti-inflammatory drugs may also be helpful in reducing swelling and will serve to further reinforce the anti-inflammatory measures already taken.
- The fourth and last step involves heating the arm in a warm bath to further reduce inflammation and pain, and promote healthy blood circulation. This step is also necessary because warm water will allow you to move your arm with less tension and resistance so you can begin to stretch and reduce stiffness in your arm.
Together, these treatments can help to speed up your recovery of tennis elbow and allow you to slowly, but carefully regain your formal dominance in the game.
I need help, who can help with tennis elbow treatment Vancouver?
If your are find that rest and ice are not helping you and your tennis elbow continues to cause you pain and grief, you need to take your health to the next level.
Don’t let your lack of tennis get your down. Simply connect with the Urban Active Sports Therapy physiotherapists Vancouver! They will assess your symptoms and get you back to serving aces in no time. They want to keep you active and enjoying life in all the activities that you love to partake in.