Tennis elbow is a painful condition in which the tendons of the forearm become inflamed, generally from repeated overuse, or short periods of extreme activity. Tendons, composed of skeletal muscle tissue, connect muscle to bone. Though extremely strong, loaded with recurrent stress and overuse tendons can degenerate and become inflamed. Repetitive, continuous motions that strain the forearm are the most common causes of elbow tendonitis. Having a poor technique while performing a backhand in tennis can induce tendonitis, as well as repetitive activities such as painting, typing, or using a screwdriver.
Symptoms include: swelling of the forearm area; pain and stiffness in the morning and during activity, and worse pain the day after physical activity. If a loud popping sound is heard upon impact, seek medical attention immediately. This can be an indication of a tendon rupture. Many different parts work together to comprise a functional joint, so determining what exactly is the underlying cause of pain is very difficult, especially since many injuries exhibit similar symptoms. It could be damage to the tendon, ligament, muscle, cartilage, bone, or a combination of them all.
Once a professional has determined the injury is indeed tendonitis, it is important to begin physical therapy rehabilitation immediately. Until diagnostic examinations have been done, the affected area should be immobilized. Expert physical therapists will treat the condition in a manner that will not only improve the condition and relieve the pain without surgery, but also protect your tendon from getting any worse. As every patient's condition is different, the physical therapist will treat each patient according to his or her needs, body type, symptoms, medical history, occupation and any other factors. They will tailor exercise routines to your specific situation, working to strengthen the tendon, while also increasing flexibility. Strengthening the injured tendon and the structures around it are both very important in the full recovery of the tendon. This releases pressure from the damaged area and allows it to heal. Working with an expert physical therapist throughout the rehabilitation process ensures a safe and healthy recovery. Without physical therapy, the tendon can take a very long time to heal on its own, and may not heal correctly.
If you think you are suffering from elbow tendonitis, call us now to make an immediate appointment (212 986-3888). Serious tendon damage may have occurred and delaying treatment can cause it to worsen. Our office is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, Madison Avenue and 40th Street. Most insurance covers tendonitis.Schedule an appointment today.
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