Tennis Elbow (cont.)
Tennis Elbow Follow-up
- Patients should continue the treatment plan for the prescribed length of time. Ending a treatment plan too early increases the chance of reinjury to the tendon.
- If, after a period of relief, your pain comes back, return to a treatment plan or revisit your doctor.
Is It Possible to Prevent Tennis Elbow?
- For tennis players:
- Adjust racquet size: Use a midsized racquet. Oversized racquets can put too much strain on the arm and increase the risk of injury.
- Loosen string tension: Higher string tension can increase the torque and vibration the arm experiences, thereby increasing the risk of injury.
- Adjust grip size: A hand grip too small or too large decreases your control of the racquet and increases your risk of injury.
- Check racquet material: Graphite racquets and nylon strings seem to reduce the torque and vibration the arm receives, thus reducing the risk of a strain injury.
- Use a tennis elbow strap or tennis elbow brace during play until completely healed.
- Be careful not to extend the wrist when hitting a backhand.
- Take a lesson from a tennis professional to improve your technique and explain your difficulties and symptoms.
- Ease into any repetitive motion activity around the house and at work and rest at the first sign of pain or soreness.
- Continue exercises for strength and flexibility even after your pain has gone away before engaging in tennis or other repetitive motion activities.
What Is the Prognosis of Tennis Elbow?
- A vast majority of people have pain relief within 12 months of conservative therapy (ice, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications).
- Those who do not get relief with conservative therapy go on to other treatments, also with very high effectiveness.
- Failure to follow through on a therapy plan frequently leads to recurrence.
Klippel, J.H., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. New York: Springer, 2008.
Last Reviewed 9/11/2017
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