What Exactly is Tennis Elbow?

Quite a number of people suffer from tennis elbow and don’t know it because they don’t know what tennis elbow is. The truth is that you don’t have to be a tennis player to suffer from tennis elbow, as it has a number of causes. It received that name because years ago tennis was the most obvious reason for pain and inflammation in the elbow’s bony portions. Golfer’s elbow is another common term used to describe the same condition.

Tennis (or Golfer’s) Elbow is basically inflammation in the bony portions of your elbow, which is usually characterized by pain. You will find that this condition is irrespective of genders and affects men and women equally, tending to target those between the ages of 30 and 50. Most patients who suffer from this condition tend to be people who play tennis, play the violin, pitch baseball, do carpentry, carry heavy briefcases, golf on a regular basis, paddle canoes, or even those that do a lot of hand shaking.

Many people suffer in varying degrees but do not realize it. This is mainly due to the fact that not everyone knows about tennis elbow in the first place, and even those who have heard of it don’t know exactly what it is or what to do about it. Surprisingly, only about 5 out of 100 people who suffer from tennis elbow are tennis players, so the large majority of sufferers are not tennis players at all.

What Causes Tennis Elbow?

Many times the condition is caused by overuse of the muscles in the forearm. These are the same muscles that are responsible for straightening the wrist and fingers. When these muscles are overused, the tendons may tear or become inflamed and swell. When these symptoms arise, activities that require you to bend the elbow can cause a lot of pain.

What Can You Do To Fix Tennis Elbow?

You will find a lot of recommendations about treatment for tennis elbow when you search online, but the truth is that a lot of the websites that you find have no scientific backing. Most often, the first step in healing is to examine your activities and find out what is causing the pain. When consulting a doctor to help with this process, it is important to seek someone who is knowledgeable in treating Tennis Elbow. Dr. Mohr is the top rated chiropractor in Tampa, and he has thorough experience treating Tennis Elbow and many other pain conditions. If you have been dealing with pain in your elbow or other areas, call our office or click here to schedule your appointment and learn about your treatment options.