by ggargiulo, August 29, 2017
If tennis is your game, then we hope you’ve been taking advantage of the nice weather this summer and getting outside to play frequently. Tennis is a great form of physical activity that works many parts of the body due to its demanding dynamics, but just like every other sport, it also comes with an injury risk. Most often, tennis players deal with lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, which may have personally caused you some elbow pain in Bayonne. This injury can be bothersome, but fortunately there are some ways to prevent this from happening and address it if it does.
Tennis elbow is an overuse injury, which means it comes about from performing the same movements repeatedly over the course of time. Athletes who play tennis and other racquet sports therefore have a particularly high risk for developing tennis elbow, but it can occur in anyone who performs repeated movements that involve the elbow. Therefore, people with occupations that include lots of gripping or extending the wrist, like plumbers, painters and contractors are all at an elevated risk for getting it as well.
The lateral epicondyle is the bony bump on the outside of the elbow. In the process of overuse, the muscle in that region gets weakened, which eventually leads to microscopic tears that develop in the tendon that attaches to the lateral epicondyle. Symptoms such as pain, a burning sensation in the outer part of the elbow and weakened grip strength develop gradually and are worsened by activities that involve the forearm.
The good news for patients with tennis elbow is that it usually heals on its own with some basic remedies, as approximately 80-95% of patients will have a successful outcome without the need for surgery. But there are also plenty of ways to prevent this condition from occurring in the first place. Our therapists recommend the following to reduce your chances of developing tennis-related elbow pain in Bayonne:
Recommendations to avoid tennis-related elbow pain in Bayonne
- Always warm up and stretch before playing, and cool down afterwards
- Be sure you’re using proper footwear and equipment; most tennis shoes are more robust than running shoes due to their multi-directional purposes
- Maintain adequate fitness and flexibility levels with conditioning exercises that are specific to the physical demands of tennis
- Perform strengthening exercises, especially for your arms and core muscles, to prevent overuse injuries that occur from weakened muscles
- Avoid over-repetition of any one type of shot; instead, practice a range of strokes
- Have an expert evaluate your gameplay to ensure your techniques are being executed correctly; focus on improving areas that need work
- Incorporate some non-tennis cross-training into your exercise routine
If you do happen to experience elbow pain in Bayonne or any other tennis elbow symptoms, we can help by creating a personalized treatment program based on your goals and abilities. Contact Strulowitz & Gargiulo Physical Therapy at 201-243-6662 to schedule an appointment at our flagship Jersey City clinic, the Jersey City Medical Center Outpatient Therapy Department, our Bayonne location, or at Clara Maas Medical Center in Belleville, NJ, or click here for more information on tennis elbow.