Tennis elbow is common and causes pain around the outside of the elbow. While many people associate the condition with the sport, it can actually be the result of every day activities.
Anyone can get it, but tennis elbow is nothing to worry about as it usually clears up on its own.
You may experience pain on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of your elbow, when lifting or bending your arm, when gripping small objects, such as a pen, or when twisting your forearm, such as turning a door handle or opening a jar.
Difficulty extending your arm fully may also occur.
If the condition impacts how you go about your day, there are four thing you can do to improve symptoms and speed up recovery, according to the NHS.
The first thing it recommends you do is rest your injured arm and stop doing the activity that’s causing the problem.
Holding a cold compress, such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel, against your elbow for a few minutes several times a day can also help ease the pain.
The healthy body adds: “Taking painkillers, such as paracetamol, may help reduce mild pain caused by tennis elbow.
“Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, can also be used to help reduce inflammation.
“Physiotherapy may be recommended in more severe and persistent cases.
“Massaging and manipulating the affected area ay help relieve the pain and stiffened, and improve the range of movement in your arm.”
Most cases of tennis elbow last between six months and two years.
As a last resort surgery may be used to remove the damaged part of the tendon.
To prevent getting tennis elbow in the first place there are certain steps you can take to protect your arm muscles and tendons.
Bupa says you should think about the repetitive actions you do and try to avoid or change them.
You should take breaks during or between taste that involve using your arms.
If you’re lifting, carry the weight close to your body and keep your palms facing upwards.
If you play a sport, make sure you’re using the right technique. You may want to get a coach to help you with this.
Finally, make sure you’re using equipment that’s suitable for you. For example, make sure your racquet handle is the right size.