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Tennis Elbow Treatment in Kondapur, Hyderabad

Also known as lateral epicondylitis, it is a condition in which there is irritation in the tissue connecting the forearm muscle with the elbow. It is the swelling of the tendons that causes pain in the elbow and arms. The pain can spread throughout the whole arm and hand. Athletes aren’t the only people that might develop tennis elbow despite its name.

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is pain caused in the elbow and arm due to inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscle to the bone. It can be caused because of overuse of the elbow when certain motions are repeated. The forearm muscles and tendons can become damaged because of overuse leading to pain.

Playing tennis or other racquet sports or activities besides sports can cause this condition.

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?

The main symptoms of the tennis elbow are pain and tenderness in the bony knob on the outside of your elbow. This is where the tendons join. The pain can also spread to the lower and the upper arm. The pain can worsen and become constant.

Other common symptoms may include:

  • Pain while lifting something, raising your hand or straightening your wrist
  • Weak grip while holding something
  • In some cases, pain at night

The symptoms worsen over time and with continuous forearm activity. The dominant arm is more likely to be affected.

What causes tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow develops over time due to repetitive motions like gripping something which can strain the muscles and put pressure on the tendons. It develops in athletes who usually play sports like tennis, squash, racquetball, fencing and weight lifting due to the continuous use of the arm. It can affect people other than athletes who work in fields that require repetitive arm movement like carpentry, typing, painting, knitting, plumbers etc.

What are the risk factors?

Factors that may increase your risk of tennis elbow include:

  • Age- People between the age of 30 to 50 years are more likely to develop tennis elbow.
  • Job- If your work involves repetitive movement of the forearm then you are likely to strain your muscles.
  • Sports- If you play sports like tennis, racquetball, squash etc then you are more likely to have tennis elbow.

When to see a doctor?

Consult your doctor when there is no relief in pain even after ample rest and ice.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Kondapur

Call 1860-500-2244 to book an appointment

What is the treatment for tennis elbow?

After an in-depth diagnosis, your doctor at Apollo Kondapur might suggest that you get ample rest and do not do the activity that caused you the pain for a while. Most cases are cured with non-surgical treatment options like:

  • Rest- Giving your arm ample rest meaning that you dissuade from doing the activity that caused the pain for a while
  • Medication- Anti-inflammatory medications can be prescribed to help reduce pain and swelling
  • Physical therapy- Therapists suggest specific exercises and motions to help strengthen the muscle. They might also suggest ultrasounds, ice messages or muscles stimulation techniques to heal the muscle
  • Brace- brace can be given to wear so that the arm is rested and also helps relieve pain
  • Steroid injections- They are effective anti-inflammatory medications injected into the painful area to relieve pain and swelling

Other options and surgical options along with their benefits and risks can be suggested depending on the severity of the case. Please consult your doctor before treating your condition and make an informed decision.

Tennis elbow is irritation or pain in the tissues or the tendons connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow due to overuse or repetitive action. It is common in people who play sports like tennis, racquetball, squash etc and people who work as plumbers, carpenters etc.
It heals with non-surgical treatment in most cases. Treatment may include rest, pain relievers and physiotherapy.

1. Can a tennis elbow heal on its own?

It may heal on its own if ample rest is taken. Although it is recommended that you consult your doctor and get it checked.

2. What happens if the tennis elbow is left untreated?

If left untreated it can progress into a debilitating injury and can require surgery.

3. Is massage effective for healing tennis elbow?

Deep tissue massage is very effective in treating tennis elbow and much faster than rest alone. A therapist can help you heal it the right way.


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