For those who have tennis elbow, they feel pain on the lateral (outside) side of the elbow where the elbow and forearm meet. The tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the bone get over used and start to tear. When small tears begin, pain and inflammation occur, and often more stress is put on the rest of the arm, making gripping and lifting items more difficult.
What to do if you start to develop tennis elbow?
- For acute tennis elbow injuries, it is best to practice RICE. Rest. Ice. Compress. Elevate. Like with any other overuse injuries, resting and icing the injury will help decrease the inflammation and pain.
- Once inflammation has gone down, you can start to do some physical therapy with stretching and strengthening your muscles, especially the forearms. Start off slowly and gradually increase the amount until the stretches eventually become easy and pain free with regular activity.
- Receive massage treatments to help relax the tightened muscles, relieve the pain receptors, and help break up any scar tissue that may have developed from the tears.
- See an acupuncturist for additional treatments that can directly pin point pain associated with tennis elbow and help promote the healing process even further.