From sports activity to all the other form of physical activities, how often we keep our muscles busy in our day-to-day life. Muscular pain and joint pain are no more unfamiliar conditions to us and people from all the walk of life experience it at some point of time. When was the last time you did sports and had sleepless night due to muscular pain? Or the recent dusting of your house made you experience sore muscles?
Well, you are not alone who experience such awful situation, almost all of do. So, what do we do when we are into such situation? There is nothing to panic, Physiotherapy got your back! Physiotherapy is not only used in treating conditions related to your neck or head; it is also used in treating all the other types of body pain. When you experience any muscular or joint pain in your body you may want to visit physiotherapy clinics in Hamilton for the treatment.
One of the painful conditions of body is ‘tennis elbow’. What do you have to do with tennis elbow when you are not even a sporty person? While it is true as the name suggest tennis elbow is caused by playing tennis or other racket sports but sometimes it is also caused by overusing or stressing your elbow joint. You may understand tennis elbow as a painful condition where your tendons weakens that joins your forearm muscles to your bones. In simple words, it a condition in which pain is caused around the outside of your elbow. When you visit a physiotherapy clinic in Hamilton your physiotherapist or healthcare professional may use word ‘lateral epicondylitis’ when discussing the condition, you need not be confused, it is the clinic term for tennis elbow.
When you return from your violin lesson, or done painting your masterpiece, you are likely to experience tennis elbow. There are various factors that contribute to the tennis elbow; primarily it is the repetitive swinging or tugging motion of your wrist or elbow. Other factors include, playing racket sports, carpentry, typing, occupation that involves excessive use of your forearm or elbow, age is another factor as the elderly people are more prone to experience tennis elbow and it can also be caused by the direct blow to your elbow that makes your tendons swell. When you are done doing any such activity which has lead you to experience tennis elbow, now is the time to visit a physiotherapy clinic in Hamilton.
Tennis elbow is a condition where its symptoms are evident. The two most simple and common symptoms which are sufficient enough to make you aware of your tennis elbow are pain sensation on outer part of your elbow and weak grip strength. You will observe the symptoms occurring gradually and they can become worse with time if not treated rightly at right time. So, all you need is ‘to do’ list in order to treat your tennis elbow.
Let’s have a look to the things you can do by yourself, firstly, you need to give a proper rest to your injured elbow. The next thing you should do is holding a cold compress, basically an ice bag for few minutes several times a day; this can help to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. Once your inflammation is reduce, you can begin with some simple exercises to strengthen your forearm, exercises such as fist clench which you can do with the help of soft rolled towel, squeeze it in your hand and hold for 10 seconds and release, repeat it 5-10 times.
Other exercises include wrist extension and wrist flexion. The exercises may differ according to the seriousness of your tennis elbow and it is best to visit a physiotherapy clinic in Hamilton to consult a physiotherapist regarding the correct treatment. Medication is often recommended to relieve the pain and massaging the affected area helps you relieve the stiffness and improve movement of your arm.
Different treatments are available according to the level of seriousness of your tennis elbow; treatment could be surgical as well as non-surgical. It is best to see a doctor at right time, because tennis elbow is not as cool as playing tennis.