On reading the above quote we realize what an important part an elbow plays in our life. It is the elbow which makes our daily morsel reach our mouth and imagine if one has restricted movement of this precious joint what he would go through.
Commonly known as “Tennis Elbow” this is a condition wherein there is inflammation of the tendons on the outer bony prominence (Lateral Epicondyle) of the elbow that join the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow. Certain repetitive movements of the wrist like playing tennis or other racquet sports lead to overuse of these tendons causing pain and tenderness on the outer side of the elbow.
Tennis elbow can occur in anyone who strains the tendons of the forearm and though common it is not limited to tennis players.
Tennis Elbow Causes
- Any repetitive motion of the wrist, including tennis, hedge clipping, excessive use of a hammer or screwdriver, painting, or any activity that requires excessive constant gripping or squeezing can cause tennis elbow. Recent studies show that tennis elbow is often due to damage to a specific forearm muscle i.e. the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle which helps stabilize the wrist when the elbow is straight.
- Most people who get tennis elbow are between the ages of 30 and 50, although anyone can get tennis elbow if they have the risk factors of being involved in certain professions like painters, carpenters, auto workers, cooks and butchers.
Tennis Elbow Symptoms and Signs
- Tenderness on the outer bony part of the elbow
- Morning stiffness of the elbow with persistent aching
- Pain radiating down the forearm causes soreness in the forearm.
- Pain worse when grasping or holding an object
Homeopathic Help for Tennis Elbow
Effective and fast acting medicines like Arnica, Ruta lessen the misery and pain of the patients with immediate effect.
The medicines not only give relief from pain but also help to heal the tendons and the strained muscles completely making them stronger and not easily prone to wear and tear.
A dull pain worse in cold weather is benefitted by Ruta while tearing and excruciating pains worse by motion are eased by Bryonia.
The dosage and frequency of the medicines decided by an expert homeopath will always take the patient out of misery and back to his routine work without him going through any surgical(local steroidal injections) and heavy doses of painkiller drugs and their adverse effects.
Certain General Precautionary Measures to Help Heal Better
- Rest and avoid any activity that causes pain to the sore elbow till totally free from pain and then resume work gradually.
- Apply ice to the affected area.
- To help lessen the continued stress and abuse on tennis elbow:
- Use the proper equipment and technique in sports and on the job.
- Use of a counter-force brace, an elastic band that wraps around the forearm just below the injured elbow (tendon) may help to relieve pain in some people.