treat tennis elbow at home

How To Treat Tennis Elbow At Home


It might be called tennis elbow tennis elbow but if it’s not treated it can also affect your hands, wrists, and forearms, both on and off the court. The symptoms and inflammation start gradually and it’s usually best to start any treatment as early as possible before real pain strikes. It is possible, if you know how, to treat tennis elbow at home, and we have listed a couple of ways that will most definitely ease the pain.

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Before the pain becomes unbearable there are some symptoms that present themselves in the beginning. These include:

  • Pain in the elbow that gets worse gradually
  • A striking pain in the back of the hand that travels up the elbow when making a grabbing or twisting motion
  • A noticeable weakening in your grasp or grip

As it gets worse other signs might show up like the inability to move or bend your elbow, a misshapen looking elbow, or it starts to look and feel like there’s a fracture or broken bone. In this case, we suggest you speak to your medical advisor as a matter of urgency to avoid long-term and permanent damage.

Causes of Tennis Elbow

Usually, it’s a result of the overuse of the elbow, which leads to a contracting of the muscles in the forearm. This causes stress in the tissue which eventually causes several tears in the outer muscle.

As time goes on the pain becomes more severe, and moves down to the arm and the wrist. Other than it being incredibly painful it can result in inhibited use of the arm and permanent damage.

How to Treat Tennis Elbow at Home

Often, if picked up early enough, you can treat tennis elbow at home. However, if it feels like it’s not easing up or improving then we suggest you visit your GP for further advice.

Get some rest

Unfortunately, tennis elbow is one of those things you can’t ‘just push through’. You need to rest the affected arm.

  1. Take note of the warning signs of stress, overuse, and fatigue
  2. When you start to experience any of the warning signs it’s time to rest the arm
  3. Look at changing the grip on your racquet and if at all possible try using your other arm more

Taking time out to rest can reduce the symptoms, especially if there’s inflammation.

Soak in Epsom salts

Epsom salts is one of those miracle cures known for its anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxing properties and it helps relieve the pain associated with tennis elbow.

  1. Fill a sink or tub with warm water and add ½ to 1 cup of the Epsom salts to the water
  2. Keep your elbow and forearm in the water for 15-20 minutes
  3. Depending on the severity you can do this two to three times a week

Epsom salts has magnesium which helps reduce the fatigue and tension and the salt itself draws out excess fluids from the inflammation.

Magical Magnesium

Muscle tension and fatigue is what makes tennis elbow particularly painful. Magnesium, as mentioned above, reduces both.

  1. Add or increase magnesium-rich foods in your diet
  2. Take a magnesium supplement

Magnesium not only reduces the fatigue and tension in the muscle, it also increases nerve function.

Support

You can use an elastic bandage as a compressor for the inflamed area providing some relief.

  1. Have a supply of elastic bandages at home and in the car, as part of your first aid kit
  2. You will need some assistance wrapping it, making sure the arm and elbow are wrapped correctly

As simple as it sounds the compression from an elastic bandage helps support the joint and keeps the damaged tendons in place. It also plays a role in reducing any inflammation.

There are other treatments available but they require professional or medical intervention and help treat tennis elbow to a degree. These include:

  • Heat therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Low-level laser therapy
  • Blood injection
  • Botulinum toxin

It’s important to note that while it might start off as a slight pain or some discomfort, tennis elbow can become a serious condition, often needing surgery to treat it. It’s in your best interest to be aware of any unusual aches and pains in your elbow, forearm and wrist areas and treat them sooner rather than later.