Written by Peter Gehr Senior Tennis Editor
Is Tennis elbow treatment at home effective? The answer is a yes. However, it does depend on the severity of the fatigue, but it generally results in positive outcomes if you follow the rules.
I’ve had tennis elbow myself, and the best remedy that worked for me was to analyze the cause, followed by active prevention measures. If you are finding that rigorous tennis tournaments, training and practicing is taking its toll on your elbow, then it’s time to take remedial action to ensure it doesn’t get any worse.
In order to prevent the last resort of expensive surgery, steps can be taken to first of all recognize that you have the problem, and secondly to reevaluate aspects of your sport that is causing what could otherwise be irreparable damage to tendons.
Is Tennis Elbow Treatment At Home Effective?
Mark Davis has been holding court for thirty years now.
“Believe it or not, tennis is one thing I’ve never gotten burned out on and gosh how many tennis balls have I hit in my life?”
But all his serves and volleys have taken a toll on his body. He’s now in a constant duel with tennis elbow.
“You know when you get it cause it’s definitely – it’s a burning, hot stabbing sensation,” says Mark.
Tennis elbow is a form of tendonitis brought on by repetitive motions. While it’s the more common manifestation, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are two sides of the same coin.
“Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are very similar; most people do have problems on the outside of their elbow but when people have pain and difficulty due to activities on the inside of the elbow, we call that golfer’s elbow,” says Dr. Dennis Sagini, an orthopedic surgeon with the medical staff at Lee Memorial Health System.
So tennis elbow affects the outside of the joint and golfer’s elbow affects the inside. But the two conditions are on the same playing field when it comes to treatment.
“The person should modify their activities. Number one: rest for some period; not that you have to stop completely but reduce the amount and the severity of the activity. Number two: ice after activities. Number three: therapy,” says Dr. Sagini.
A final step would be surgery, in which the segment of inflamed tendon is removed.
“When the surgical procedure is performed it usually takes away the majority of the discomfort. In other words it allows people to go back to their activities without significant discomfort,” says Dr. Sagini.
Fewer than 10% of patients resort to that option. Including Mark, who chose a minimal approach.
“I take anti-inflammatories and I ice every day and just recently I took two, two and a half weeks off and really didn’t hit at all.”
He’s getting good results, by pacing his play. Click here to visit the original source of this post
Tennis is a rigorous and demanding sport, and sore tendons can either slow you down, or take you completely out of sport entirely. Is Tennis elbow treatment at home effective, or is it too late to reverse the problem? Again, there are ways of retarding the soreness, and specific arm bands, ointments, and oral remedies available. Consult your health professional for targeted advice to suit your particular case.
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