Tennis elbow is inflamed (swollen) tendon at the elbow region called tendinitis. This condition feels pain in the elbow region due to excess stretching and is commonly seen in the age group of 30-50 years. The incidence rate is more in women as compared to male. Tennis elbow occurs when there are the overuses of the muscles covering the elbow joint which is often seen when the elbow joint is used in routine practise as it may be a part of the profession. The outer part of the elbow usually becomes sore and tender causing pain because of repeated strenuous movements or injuries already pre-existing which damage the forearm muscles.
Lifting heavy objects, playing continuous tennis, squash, fencing, cricket. People involved more in gardening, plumbing, brick-laying, writing, typing, chopping, painting, knitting, driving screws, meat cutting etc may also be affected. Continuous stress and strain to elbow joints by swinging movements as in handling a tennis racket which leads to constant pull of the muscle leads to minute damage and tearing of the tendon, leading to pain and swelling.
The symptoms of tennis elbow develop gradually with mild pain which slowly worsens over the period of time. The pain may be radiating associated with burning sensation which starts from outside of the elbow to the forearm and wrist. Pain starts during extension of the wrist usually seen while trying to grip a bat or while opening a door or while trying to start a car. Pain
can also be seen while handling utensils like a fork, knife or holding a toothbrush which may indicate the early symptoms of the disease.
Enough rest should be given to the arm and Panchakarma treatments like Snehana (oleation), Swedana, and oral medications which reduce vata. Ayur Healthcare also provides Rejuvenation therapies and Pinda Sweda (Hot Medicine Pouch Therapy), Shastika Shali Pinda Swedam (Herbal rice bolus bag), Pizhichil (medicated oil bath) etc. which help to heal the torn tendon and
Application of herbal oil application over the affected part. Rest over the affected area, Avoid Vata increasing food (Ayur Healthcare will provide tailored custom made Guidelines for Diet and Lifestyle changes, Strengthening exercises to the affected area.