𝐓𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐬 𝐄𝐥𝐛𝐨𝐰 : Have you come around with it sometime in your life?? If not then you are lucky as it can be really very painful & discomforting especially for those who regularly hit the GYM or racket sport court. It is basically pain over outer part of the elbow especially on lifting weights, squeezing / wringing etc.
𝐂𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞: It stems from a strain of extensor group of muscles of forearm and the overuse of such strained muscle leads to localised inflammation of the origin (bony attachment over Arm bone) of Extensor group of muscle aka Lateral Epicondylitis.
𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 : In initial / acute setting :
𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒕 : Rest the affected forearm to the max possible extent in your daily activities. Also a Tennis Elbow binder / Support can be used for daily activities.
𝑰𝒄𝒆: Cold fomentation with ice packs is very soothing and relieves the pain to quite an extent rather than the myth to put some local solutions of quacks & massage which should be strictly avoided.
𝑨𝒏𝒕𝒊 – 𝑰𝒏𝒇𝒍𝒂𝒎𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔: These are very much helpful in short course rather than the notion that medications cause a lot of adverse effects/ side effects. Relentless usage of Analgesics have definitely caused lot of ill effects to the general population and has created a fear but its not so.𝑨𝒏𝒕𝒊 – 𝑰𝒏𝒇𝒍𝒂𝒎𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 given in the right dosage as per advice of your sports medicine consultant / Joint specialist / arthroscopy doctor / orthopaedic surgeon.
𝑷𝒉𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒑𝒚 : Ultrasound, Interferrential therapy / TENS +/- LASER can help in initial phase of the disease later followed by rehab program.
Chronic phase / Old problem :- Rehab program under supervision of a sports physiotherapist is very helpful to get rid of local inflammation and exercises over a period of time helps retrain the affected muscle group. Also if required MFR by a trained sports physio helps relieve the adhesions, nodules, bands to quite an extent. Some of exercises are mentioned below.
𝑻𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒍 𝒈𝒓𝒊𝒑 : Squeeze towel with 3 sets of 10 repetitions each
𝑭𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒎 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒄𝒉: With palm facing upwards towards the ceiling and elbow straight pull the palm downwards at Wrist to bend it and hold for 10 secs; repeat it 10 times * 3 sets.
𝑬𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒄 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒕𝒉𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒇 𝒆𝒙𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒐𝒓𝒔: With dumbbells.
Here we have mentioned few exercises for your help but do consult your Sports Medicine / Sports injury doctor.
Dr Tanmay Chaudhary is a renowned orthopaedic doctor / surgeon, Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine Consultant / Sports injury doctor / specialist ( also a Knee & Shoulder Specialist ) at Indore, West MP state including Ujjain, Dewas, Ratlam, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Dhar, Jhabua, Rajgarh, Dhamnod, Khargone, Badwani, Kukshi, Khandwa, Harda etc. He has been treating professional athletes from Cricket, Football, Marshal Arts like Taekwondo, Boxing, Badminton, Tennis and many more.
He has been performing knee & shoulder arthroscopy and advanced reconstructive procedures for more than 12 years.