The tissues that attach the bones to the muscles are called tendons. These tissues are found everywhere in the body where there are bones and muscles. When these tissues are injured, they become very painful, uncomfortable, sore and in most cases will paralyze movement of the muscles. There are such tissues on the elbow that get injured if one engages in activities that require excessive force of the arm especially in swinging movement while grasping objects. This injury that affects the tendons on the outer part of the arm is referred to as tennis elbow. Despite the name, it is a condition that can affect anyone especially casual laborers like painters, carpenters, masons and players who take part in racquet games.
The most obvious tennis elbow symptoms include soreness on the arm, pain in the affected region, swelling, inflammation and inability to use the arm partly because of the pain and partly because there will be difficulty coordinating the fingers and the wrist. These symptoms become intense with time, especially if the patient continues to use the injured arm in tasks that cause further damage to the injuries. There is only one tennis elbow treatment and that is to rest the arm while placing it in a conducive healing position. This may call for the wearing of a tennis elbow brace to place the arm in a good healing position to ensure proper and faster healing.
A mild case of tennis elbow should take about six weeks to heal completely but severe cases will definitely take longer. Anti-inflammatory medications are often used on the injured area to quell inflammation and to prevent swelling. Ice may be applied periodically on the area although they have the same effect as anti-inflammation medication. Some forms of massage and physiotherapy exercises are known to speed up the process of healing but these should only be performed on directions of a qualified professional.