Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow
January 28, 2016

“When you have pain in your elbow due to overuse of your arm, forearm or hand muscles or because you have suffered a subtle or sudden injury to the muscle and tendon area around your elbow, it signifies Tennis Elbow”, asserts Dr. Vikas Gupta with his remarkable 25 year old experience and over 6000 surgeries in the hand and upper extremity.

image-1Although tennis elbow commonly affects tennis players, it can also affect other athletes and people who participate in leisure or work activities that require repetitive arm, elbow and wrist movement like painting, knitting, carpentry, typing and many other activities which make you use your elbow or arm repeatedly.

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Dr. Gupta who has successfully treated many patients with Tennis Elbow also heading “Shoulder and Hand Division, MAX Saket & Gurgaon” stresses, “Whenever you feel sudden or persistent pain in your elbow which increases when you shake hands, squeeze objects, straighten or bend your forearm, you should consult a doctor. Since many other conditions can cause pain around the elbow and X-ray usually fails to bring out this condition, it is essential to contact an orthopedic for proper diagnoses and treatment thereafter.” Several factors determine the treatment technique which is inclusive of the patient’s age, any medication that the patient has been taking prior to the problem and the severity of the pain.

The objective is to provide maximum relief in the pain and help the patient to regain his lost movement.

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As being affluent in arthroscopic Tennis Elbow surgeries, Dr Vikas eminently feels, “Mostly simple treatments are enough to bring about relief but if medications and other techniques fail then the surgeon will have to opt for surgery.

Occasionally people with tennis elbow eventually need this treatment. Surgery is estimated to be successful in most of the cases.”

Emphasizing on the rarely known facts, Dr Gupta also points out, “Tennis Elbow usually happens in the arm which you use to carry out your work but it can also happen in your other arm or both arms and has a high ratio of occurrence as it is considered to be a very common problem and the target gender is generally men more than women.

FAQ – Tennis Elbow

Sometimes when your arm, forearm and hand muscles are excessively used, you might experience some pain on the outside of your elbow. This condition is commonly referred to as Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis.
When you feel a sudden pain slowly increasing around the outside of your elbow which becomes worse while shaking hands, squeezing objects, stabilizing or moving your wrist with force, it signifies Tennis Elbow. And include pain during simple activities like lifting, while simply brushing, eating with a fork or knife or trying to open jars. Another significant symptom of Tennis Elbow is that you will find it difficult to fully extend your arm.
When your forearm is used repeatedly in a strenuous activity thus causing the muscles and tendons in your forearm to be strained, it might cause Tennis Elbow. These activities might be inclusive of- playing racquet or throwing sports, using shears while gardening, involved in works like plumbing, bricklaying, typing or playing the violin. Sometimes a simple banging or knocking your elbow which causes injury can also result in Tennis Elbow.
Tennis Elbow is not diagnosed by any blood tests or even X-rays. It usually is determined by the doctor on the basis of what description of your pain, you give and findings from a physical exam that the doctor will make you go through.
The treatment of Tennis Elbow initially starts with simple treatment techniques:
Avoid or modify activities: activities that strain affected muscles and tendons in Tennis elbow are asked to be stopped or the manner in which they were being done is changed so that they do not cause strain on your arm and the pain eases. 
 
Pain killers and inflammatory drugs: painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in either tablet form or cream or gel form prescribed by the doctor are also an effective way to treat Tennis Elbow. 
 
Physiotherapy: If the pain persists even after medication, the doctor might refer you to a physiotherapist who may use manual therapy techniques such as massage to relieve pain and stiffness in your elbow and also assist you in doing various exercises that would strengthen your forearm muscles. They might also recommend the use of a brace, strapping, support bandage or splint –for a short term.
 
Injections or shock wave therapy: The application of injection will be made directly into the painful area around your elbow after giving you local anesthesia to numb the area to reduce the pain. Shock wave therapy is a treatment technique where shock waves that are hold high energy multitude are passed through your skin to help relieve your pain and enhance some movement in the affected area.
 
Surgery: This is the last treatment option which might be taken up by your surgeon if  you have not been relieved of your pain after other techniques. In surgery the damaged part of the tendon will be removed to relieve you of your problem by arthroscopy.
Returning to normal activities is relatively simple as it takes merely two weeks to resume driving and simple job works. Though, it may be several weeks before you can resume heavy manual work. As far as pre athletic activities and complete recovery might take 12 weeks or more.
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