Tennis elbow is pain at the outer aspect of your elbow, and although it is named 'tennis elbow', it can be caused by a number of different activities.
Tennis elbow is something that should not be ignored. It can be caused by a number of things, from knocking it hard against something, from doing a 'one off' like a heavy gym/gardening/manual labour session, or it can start to develop over time from overuse. If these injuries go untreated, they can become a long term, persistent and very painful ordeal.
If it happens as a direct consequence of a 'one off', you should certainly apply the RICER technique in the short term.
- Rest (take it easy for a few days if possible)
- Ice (apply ice to it regularly to minimise the swelling)
- Compression (firmly apply a bandage that will help to keep swelling at a minimum)
- Elevate (keep the ankle resting above your heart if you can to help in reducing the swelling)
- Refer yourself (go and see your physiotherapist as soon as possible, you don't need a referral from a doctor)
If the pain doesn't completely settle down in the first day or so, see your physiotherapist as soon as possible. There are various treatment technique options that will be implemented depending on the presentation, which could include strapping techniques, electrotherapy, manual techniques and rehabilitation based strength/stretching exercises. It is essential that this injury is dealt with in a timely fashion, as if they persist, they can become chronic and extremely impact your quality of life with even the simplest of activities. One of the most common signs that the injury has gone on for too long is pain with opening a jar or shaking hands. Your physiotherapist will be able to give you expert treatment depending on your exact injury, and help you reach a favourable outcome. Click here to book in with one of our expert physio's to avoid your elbow becoming a problem.