The number of reported cases of tennis elbow each year are on the rise.
Yet many people continue on with their daily life without even knowing that they have this condition.
If you are unsure of whether you have it or not, here are the top 10 questions on tennis elbow which should help you immensely.
Without further delay, here is an exhaustive list of FAQ’s about this condition …
1. Can you still work?
Yes and no.
Here’s the thing …
If your tennis elbow was caused by your working environment which involve performing repetitive movements with your affected arm, then it’s time to re-evaluate.
Obviously you can’t continue doing what you are doing at this break neck speed.
You have a couple of options here…
One, take breaks more frequently.
Two, modify the movements so that it takes the strain off your affected arm.
Explore other ways of getting the job done without it affecting your productivity.
Approach your manager or human resources and brainstorm some ideas.
Your elbow pain will only get worse and you’ll end up taking time away from work.
2. Should you wear an elbow brace, support or strap?
I am not a fan of these gadgets at all.
Because they create a false sense of security that your elbow is getting better when it really is not.
How they work is that they put pressure on your affected forearm extensors and tendon.
They restrict the movement of your muscle tissues and decrease blood flow.
What you really need is new, healthy blood flowing into your torn tissues, which help speed up repair.
Save yourself the money you would be wasting on braces, straps and supports, and invest in a proven home treatment program instead.
3. How long will it take for your tennis elbow to go away?
The answer to this question is not so cut and dry.
The secret lies in how quickly you start treating your tennis elbow.
We know that tennis elbow starts out so very innocent.
You may notice a dull pain on the outside of your elbow that comes and goes every couple of days.
Within a few weeks, it is possible that you can’t even lift or carry a simple grocery bag.
The difference in healing time can vary at both ends of the spectrum.
If you catch your elbow injury in the early stages, when there is mostly inflammation/swelling and start treatment right away, then you could recover in a few short days.
On the other hand, if you’ve ignored your condition and there are tears to your extensor tendon, then you could be looking at weeks of recovery.
Be sure to check out this article which contains a great FAQ section about tennis elbow.
4. Should you take pain medication to help with pain relief?
In the short term, pain medication such as Aleve, Tylenol, Ibuprofen can help take the edge off.
As a long term strategy, no way.
In fact, the danger lies in that people pop the pain medication and carry on doing whatever actions or movements that was the cause of their tennis elbow in the first place.
This is recipe for disaster.
Not only will you cause more damage to your already compromised extensor muscles and tendons but …
You may also be looking at a longer recovery period because of your mistake.
5. What about cortisone injections and shots?
Do you like needles?
If you are like me, you are scared to death of them.
Well the good news is that if you are looking for a complete, long term strategy for healing your tennis elbow …
Cortisone shots/injections are not beneficial.
As a short term fix, they can be effective but only provide pain relief for 3 – 4 weeks.
But here’s the thing….
Just like pain medication, most people walk out of their Doctor’s clinic after just getting the cortisone shots and return to normal activities.
Just because you are not experiencing any pain over the next few weeks, doesn’t mean you can continue with actions, sports, activities that put strain and pressure on your affected elbow.
Again, this will do more harm than good.
6. Should you apply ice or heat to your affected elbow?
Ice is great to help with any inflammation or swelling you currently are experiencing.
Heat helps improve new blood flow to your torn or injured muscle/tendon tissues.
You can do both twice a day for 10 minutes per session.
I would recommend the ice early in the morning and the heat at night before bed.
7. Are there specific exercises that can help you recover faster?
And to be brutally honest…
If you want to fully heal from your tennis elbow injury, no question about it…
Forearm extension exercises are the way to go.
Don’t think that you have to fork over money to work out in a gym or fitness centre.
The exercises you are looking for a very simple movements, that don’t require much strength at all.
In fact …
The ones that work best can be done by your 80 year old grandmother or 5 year old son.
It’s all about the range of motion and high repetitions.
8. What are the most common symptoms of tennis elbow?
Your symptoms may vary depending on which stage of tennis elbow are in.
The acute phase is within the first 2-3 weeks of your injury.
The symptoms you may experience include dull, sharp pain on the outside of your elbow.
Your elbow is tender to the touch and can be difficult to straighten your affected arm fully.
Beyond the acute phase, you are in what’s referred too as the chronic phase of your injury.
Symptoms here include pain everyday.
Almost impossible to straighten your arm fully without excruciating pain.
Simple actions that you perform on a daily basis are quite uncomfortable and you may even have to rely on others to help you with them.
For example, carrying grocery bags or perhaps your briefcase.
Reaching to turn the doorknob to open a door, shaking hands with another person, trying to twist the lid off a jar, using a screwdriver or other hand tools or even typing on a keyboard.
Your outside elbow pain should increase when performing these simple movements.
Be sure to read my other post on the top 9 symptoms to watch out for.
9. What part of the elbow is affected when you have tennis elbow?
You need to be careful here and not confuse tennis elbow with golfers elbow.
Golfers elbow affects the inside of your elbow.
Tennis elbow is tenderness and discomfort on the outside of your elbow.
10. How do you get tennis elbow?
There are many ways in which you could develop tennis elbow.
Yes of course…
You can develop it from playing tennis or other racquet sports but …
Did you know you are more likely to get it on the job or at home?
Irregardless of how it happened to you …
Actions and movements where you are constantly gripping, squeezing or holding down tight on an object
Combined with wrist extension …
Over an extended period of time is the only way tennis elbow can develop.
It’s almost impossible to develop tennis elbow over a one day period.
And you don’t get it from striking your elbow or falling hard onto your elbow.
But here’s the kicker …
Tennis elbow can be resolved quite fast and quickly IF
You know the exact steps to take instead of wasting time on things that simply don’t work or …
Cost a fortune!
Yet many individuals go on suffering when they really don’t need to.
Especially when there is a simple program you can follow and implement at home.
Click on the button below where you’ll learn 5 steps you can take right now from the very chair you are sitting on
To effectively and completely rid yourself of tennis elbow pain fast.