Surgery-Free Treatment Options for Tennis Elbow
July 9, 2015
You don’t have to play tennis to fall victim to the overuse injury known as tennis elbow. It’s caused by an inflammation of the tendons in the elbow, and everything from swinging a tennis racquet to cutting up veggies in the kitchen can cause it, triggering pain that radiates from your elbow down to your hands and wrists.
One of the best ways to manage the pain and symptoms of tennis elbow is to utilize an individualized rehabilitation program like the ones provided at Sovereign Rehabilitation. Our use of manual and aquatic therapy, joint mobilization and manipulation, muscle energy techniques, neuromuscular reeducation (a technique that retrains injured muscles to work properly), and more will help to reduce pain, inflammation, and joint weakness, and speed up your recovery.
Treatment doesn’t stop at our offices, though. There are plenty of things you can do at home to manage and recover from tennis elbow. Try these:
- Rest. This one seems like a no-brainer, but if you’re used to hitting the courts daily, it can be hard to take a break to recover from injuries. It’s important to let your muscles and joints heal, and one of the simplest ways to do that is to give it a rest.
- Hot and Cold Therapy. Icing the area for 10-15 when pain occurs is a great at-home way to manage acute symptoms. You can also try a warm, moist cloth or a bath with two cups of Epsom salt before bed.
- At-Home Stretching Exercises. Light, therapeutic movements can be helpful in keeping the injured tendons loose. Talk to one of our certified physical therapists about stretches you can do at home to ease pain and discomfort.
- Anti-Inflammatory Diet. True healing starts from the inside, which means that what you’re eating can have a big impact on your getting well. The nutrients and compounds in foods like salmon, sweet potatoes, kale, and walnuts can help reduce the inflammation responsible for the swelling and pain associated with tennis elbow.
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