pain is a symptom of tendon injury.
Overuse or stress can cause microtears in the
tendon. This usually occurs because of repetitive motions of the arm or wrist.
The longer you use an injured tendon, the more damaged it becomes.
The most common symptom of tennis elbow is pain on the outside of the
elbow. Given enough rest, the tendon can mend on its own. But if you continue
the activity, the weakened tendon may become more vulnerable to tear or rupture
from a sudden accidental blow, fall, or forceful movement.
early rest and treatment, an injured tendon is likely to heal with minimal scar
tissue and maximum strength. While a recent, mild tendon injury might need a
few weeks of rest to heal, a severely damaged tendon can take months to mend.
Corticosteroid injections may give you short-term pain relief to allow you to
start a rehabilitation (rehab) program. But they may weaken tendon tissue if given
- Mild soreness in the elbow that comes and goes
may improve in 6 to 8 weeks.
- Prolonged elbow pain and soreness may
improve in 6 to 12 months. In some cases, the pain lasts for 2 years or
- Severe elbow pain or tennis elbow that doesn't improve with
6 to 12 months of tendon rest and rehab may benefit from surgery.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
January 10, 2013
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