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Tennis Elbow in Society

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Megan Flores

on 14 April 2014

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Tennis Elbow in Society
Aircast Pneumatic Armband
- Also called pressure padded neoprene brace

- One of the most popular braces used to treat tennis elbow

-Worn on affected arm

-Does not retain sweat

- Does not slide off of arm
Half Sleeve Arm Brace
- Prevents extreme elbow movements

- Commonly used to treat tennis elbow

- Wears out easily

- Retains sweat

- Most effective in sports or jobs occurring indoors

- May heat up and become uncomfortable in high temperatures
- Called lateral epicondylitis, but commonly known as tennis elbow

- Involves tendons attaching extensor carpi radialis brevis and lateral epicondyle

- Can affect people of any age or gender
The area of the arm affected by tennis elbow
Rest or Modified Training/Work Schedule
- Most common treatment recommended by orthopedic doctors

- Allows tendons to rebuild and recover from stress

- Used before any other treatment option

- May be aided with pain relievers
- Physical therapist may use ice massages, shockwaves, ultrasounds, or elbow stretching exercises

- Usually used as prevention treatment

- Involves eccentric exercises
Process of Recovery
1. Diagnosis- by orthopedic doctor or surgeon

2. Recommended Treatment- rest, modified training schedule, therapy, or surgery

3. Prevention- therapy or use of an arm brace
Causes of Tennis Elbow
- Occurs when tendons are overused due to excessive swinging, lifting, or twisting arm motions

- Tendons may be strained over long periods of time or in one traumatic event

- Usually affects people ages 30-50, but can develop in anyone
- Only used as treatment in extreme cases of tennis elbow

- Should not be used before rest or therapy has been attempted

- Damaged area of tendon is completely removed from arm

- Has 95% recovery rate
- Therapy/Arm Stretching: Strengthens arm tendons and prevents further tendon tearing

- Rest periods: Prevent tendons and muscles from becoming sore and potentially damaged

- Arm brace: Hold elbow in place and prevent straining movements

- Proper equipment: Cheap sports equipment may worsen pain in the affected area of the arm
Diagnosis of Tennis Elbow
Usually diagnosed by an orthopedic doctor through-

- Symptom comparison

- X-Rays

- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs)

- Electromyography
Interview with Sara Hastings
Age when affected by tennis elbow- 14
Occupation- Student/Tennis player
Diagnosis- Orthopedic doctor
Treatment- Rest, anti-inflammatory medication, elbow stretches
Prevention- Aircast pneumatic armband
Recovered- Yes

"I couldn't play tennis at all because of how much it (tennis elbow) hurt... I had to take Advil and stretch my arm as much as I could..."
Interview with Kristian Huynh
Age when affected by tennis elbow- 35
Occupation- Engineer/Tennis coach
Diagnosis- Orthopedic doctor
Treatment- Rest (for about two months)
Prevention- Therapy
Recovered- Yes

"It (tennis elbow) affected me financially because I had to change to softer strings, which was more expensive".
-Caused by excessive arm use
- Symptoms of tennis elbow should not be ignored
- Tennis elbow treatments vary, but it is important to let the elbow completely recover before resuming activity
- Recovery rate from tennis elbow- 98%
Megan Flores
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