Cindy: I’ve been having pain on and off with my elbow area and I’ve been told by others that it could be tennis elbow. What exactly is this and how can I manage the pain??
Megan: The tendons in your elbow area have been overloaded possibly due to repetitive movements or overuse of the arm and/or wrist. Actual tennis players aren’t the only people who get this. Common jobs that can cause this include painters, plumbers, or carpenters. Resting the areas would of course be highly recommended and taking over the counter pain relievers. Icing will also help alleviate pain. There are sleeves and braces sold over the counter that also hold the joints in a stable position that alleviates pressure to the areas. Your doctor might refer you to a physical therapist as well. Think about what you do a lot with that particular arm and if you can switch to the other arm from time to time this will help. Like anything, over time things do wear out so we have to moderate over-using our body parts.