Tennis elbow is a condition in which the tendons of the lower arms swell up causing pain the elbow and arm. The condition is typically caused by repetitive gripping activities especially if they involve use of the thumb and the first two fingers, putting too much stress on the tendons.
While playing sports as tennis, squash, racquetball, fencing and weight lifting are obvious offenders, tennis elbow can also be caused by arm movements such as typing, painting, knitting, raking and carpentry among others. Here are a few suggestions to treat the condition.
1. Cold packs
Using a cold pack, or icing the affected area is often the first recommended treatment for tennis elbow. Ice and cold packs are effective in relieving pain, swelling and inflammation from muscle and tendon damage.
It is recommended to ice the area for 20 to 30 minutes every couple of hours for 2 to 3 days until the pain is gone. The important consideration is to always keep a cloth between the skin and the cold pack while pressing firmly against the affected area.