The recovery time of tennis elbow
Tennis elbow, or also known as tennis arm, is an annoying injury that can last a long time. If you don't treat it the right way, it usually takes even longer for your injury to heal. In this blog, we will tell you more about the recovery time of tennis elbow. Feel free to read on.
What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is a common injury. It involves pain on the outside of the elbows. Sometimes this pain radiates to the forearm and wrist. The symptoms occur when you tighten the extensor muscles of the wrist and hand. The pain is caused by inflammation of the tendon attachment of the tendons that allow you to move the hand and wrist upwards.
Tennis elbow can occur in several ways. In most cases, it arises during tennis, but it can also occur during padel.
Symptoms of tennis elbow
There are several symptoms you can experience with tennis elbow. The most common symptoms are:
- Pain on the outside of the elbow
- Radiating pain to the forearm, wrist and hand
- Loss of strength, especially with a stretched elbow
- Sometimes a swollen forearm
- Sometimes pain when stretching the wrist
The recovery time
The recovery time of tennis elbow varies from person to person. In most cases, it heals on its own over the course of several months. Here, it is important to avoid excessive or incorrect loading of the elbow. This can actually make the recovery time longer. In total, the recovery time takes 12 to 24 months on average.
To speed up the recovery time, we recommend doing targeted exercises. These exercises strengthen muscle strength and promote tendon building. This is important for healing.
Assistive devices for tennis elbow
Wearing a tennis elbow brace can reduce symptoms. This brace provides compression and targeted pressure at the right point. This reduces pain and allows you to resume daily activities.