Elbow pain can be caused by a number of factors with the majority of cases due to repeated movements and overuse of the tendons located within the forearm causing the elbow to become sore and tender. It is for this reason that the condition is commonly known as ‘tennis elbow’. While not always associated with playing tennis, it is from this repeated activity that many players report the pain in their joints and seek relief from the damages caused. The medical term for tennis elbow is known as lateral epicondylitis.
If any pain or discomfort is found in the elbow or forearm, it is best to seek relief and allow the condition to heal while refraining from further aggravating activities particularly those that caused the damage in the first place. If activities are continued, the damage can be permanent and relief may only be found through surgery. In the meantime relief can be sought through any of the following remedies. For the best results it is recommended that each of the remedies are taken into account and used in conjunction with each other, speeding up the recovery process, allowing you to get back to the activities stronger and more able than before.
It goes without saying that rest is sometimes the best medicine particularly for sore joints and muscles and that is certainly the case for elbow pain. It is not recommended to completely immobilise the arm as this can prevent the joints from repairing in the areas required and could actually prolong the damage, instead simply avoid exercises that may aggravate the elbow such as playing tennis or lifting heavy objects. Over time the joints will heal themselves and you will find the elbow will grow stronger each day allowing you to return to the activities you may have avoided during the healing process.