1. What are the signs of tennis elbow?
The most common indication of tennis elbow is pain in the forearms especially while doing movements such as lifting something, turning the hand or while gripping an object. Pain is also associated with the weakness of muscles and can radiate down to the wrist.
2. Is tennis elbow manageable at home?
Yes, tennis elbow can be managed at home by rest and avoiding activities with the injured arm, ice application, painkillers, wearing forearm braces, changing techniques or altering the hand movements by doing physiotherapy exercises.
3. How will the doctor diagnose tennis elbow?
Diagnosis is performed by a thorough review of physical and medical history along with a physical examination of the affected area. Tennis elbow leads to tenderness in the affected area (lateral epicondyle of the elbow). X-ray is also advised in some cases to rule out other possibilities.
4. Are there any surgical methods to treat tennis elbow?
Surgery is advised when the conservative treatment methods, which are employed for a long period, are ineffectual. The damaged tissue is removed in surgery. Ultrasonic tenotomy (TENEX procedure) (a newer technique) is performed by using the ultrasound energy to suction out the damaged tissue (the one causing pain). Sometimes, injections are administered in the painful tendon.
5. Can a physiotherapist help me treat tennis elbow?
Yes, a physiotherapist will advise stretching and strengthening exercises of the forearm muscles. He/she will also recommend exercises that can help in correcting the action of the affected arm, thereby helps in preventing its reoccurrence.