Summer is all about getting outside, enjoying the sun and getting to play summertime sports that we just can’t do when theirs snow on the ground. One of these seasonal sports is Tennis!
For those that enjoy the game, there is nothing like pitting your athletic skills in going up against an opponent to see who can out serve each other. Or who has the meanest serve! But this is not a sport to take lightly either. Tennis players that serious about the sport put everything they’ve got into hitting that little yellow ball, back to their opposite as fast and as hard as they can.
Doing this, they put a lot of pressure on the various tendons and ligaments of not only their backs, shoulders but also their forearms, the tendons especially since its that part of the arm that joins itself to the outside of the elbow. That is why it’s called “Tennis Elbow”.
Tennis elbow is often the result of overuse of the arm, based on repetitive motion and the increase of stress that is put on the forearm and elbow, and while it can occur in non-athletes, it is common among athletes who play tennis and other racquet sports. Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain or burning on the outside of the elbow and weak grip strength. You may find that the symptoms are worse with forearm activity.
Sixty-five percent of tennis injuries like tennis elbow are classified as overuse/overload injuries and are traditionally overcome with the proper training, preparation, progression and movement pattern correction.”
The common symptoms of a person with Tennis Elbow are:
- Sharp persistent pain on the outside of the elbow.
- A lingering pain that shoots down the forearm.
- Pain when you extend your wrist (such as bending it up), shaking hands with someone or when you lift objects, no matter how small they are.
- Painful to the touch.
- The complete loss or a weakening of your hand grip.
If you are suffering from tennis elbow you should:
Rest from tennis for a minimum one week.
Apply ice applications, or even better, Physicool spray pain relief bandages for 30 minutes – 1 hour, 3-4 times a day. Research has shown that when Physicool is applied to the forearm and elbow area, the tissue temperature drops significantly. Because alcohol evaporates quicker than water, Physicool bandages are able to pull heat away from inflammation through rapid evaporation. Physicool bandages work for sprains, strains, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis.
**If the pain is persistent and prolonged see a doctor.**