Contrary to common belief, this condition is not limited to tennis players. As the name suggests, this condition often affects tennis players, but they are not the only ones. Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is the pain which occurs on the outer part of the tendon of your elbow. You might’ve felt this pain, especially if you haven’t not stretched your body prior to playing. The pain associated with tennis elbow can be a result of a strain or a tear of the elbow tendon. The sudden tug to the tendon causes strain and/or friction, and may cause degeneration of the lateral elbow.
Since pain is the main concern for this condition, these are the following conservative, alternative, and non-conservative treatments:
- Ice – as ice has its natural anti-inflammatory effects, icing a couple of times per day may help you alleviate your symptoms.
- Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatories – This drug group is the simplest remedy to treat the pain caused by the tennis elbow. Pain medication like Panadol can be taken as well.
- Physical Therapy – A course of physical therapy could be done to help your tendons recover and alleviate the pain symptoms. You just need to be very committed with the needed sessions. Meet our physiotherapists.
- Steroid injections – If the pain is long term and still persistent even with the above conservative treatment, your orthopedic specialist may also use the option to give cortisone injections to manage the severe pain caused by the tennis elbow.
- Percutaneous Electrolysis Therapy (EPTE©) – the sought after choice of most people, especially athletes, suffering from long term tennis elbow. Click here to know more about the EPTE© treatment.
- Tennis Elbow Surgery – Lastly, if all other pain management is unhelpful because of recurrent pain or if tendon tear is evident and cannot be managed by just conservative treatments, surgery is already highly needed.