Tennis elbow or also referred to as lateral epicondylitis is an injury which typically occurs due to the repetitive movements of the forearm and wrist. This condition is extremely common among tennis aficionados, especially if the tennis player has poor muscle flexibility and is using the wrong swinging technique. However, this condition is not only exclusive to players of tennis. If you are always using your arm, wrist and forearm forcefully and extensively, you can easily get plagued by tennis elbow.
There are many tennis elbow treatments that you can go for. You can wear a tennis elbow brace, perform specific tennis elbow exercises, take anti inflammatory drugs and so on. Then again, by far the best way in order for you to cure this condition is to follow the R.I.C.E. method. This method is the basic treatment, not just for tennis elbow but other types of injuries as well. This was created in order to lessen the damage and hasten your entire recuperation process.
Rest your injured arm and refrain from performing any activity that is causing you pain and prevents you from bringing down the inflammation. If you are a tennis player for example, switch to cycling or swimming for the meantime so you can still maintain your level of fitness.
Apply an ice pack along the injured arm to reduce the swelling and ease the pain. The application of ice also works by constricting the flow of blood along the injured area to prevent further injury.
Compress the injured area by wrapping it with an elastic bandage. The wrapping of bandage also provides warmth; thus hasten the healing process.
Elevate the arm at about heart level to prevent venous fluids from pooling and building up along the damaged area.
Here are some additional tips on how you can avoid getting afflicted by tennis elbow;
– Have an expert tennis player evaluate your playing style and ask for tips on the right tennis gear/s that will suit you best.
– Always make sure that you properly warm up before you play and cool down after the game.