What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow (or Lateral Epicondylitis - technical name) is an upper limb injury caused by overuse of your arm, forearm, and hand muscles that results in elbow pain. Despite the name, you do not have to play tennis to get tennis elbow. The injury is caused by inflammation or damage of the muscle and tendon area around the outside of your elbow.
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is an overuse injury. It is caused by repetitive use of the forearm muscles. The repeated contraction of the muscles and stress to the tissue result in a series of small tears in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the bone at the outside of your elbow. One of the most common cause for Tennis Elbow is repetitive use of a computer mouse. Using a computer mouse for long periods can result in the development of tennis elbow due to the overuse of muscles to grip the mouse and move the mouse.
How is Tennis Elbow Treated?
Tennis elbow will most often resolve on its own with the right treatment. Initial treatment should generally involve resting the affected arm for at least a few weeks, in order to help the swelling reduce. During this time you should also avoid any activities that may aggravate your symptoms. If you consult with a Physiotherapist, you may find they recommend an arm brace. This will help to support your arm and reduce any aggravation. Applying ice packs can also help reduce your swelling.
What Ergonomic Equipment is Recommended for Tennis Elbow?
It is important to consider your working environment when looking at treating Tennis Elbow. Once you have consulted with your GP and a Physiotherapist, and your symptoms are beginning to improve, you may want to try to re-introduce using a computer mouse and keyboard again. Remember to start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you use your mouse and keyboard for.
If you find your computer mouse aggravates your symptoms, you may need to consider changing to an ergonomic mouse. Ergonomic mice, place your wrist and forearms in a more natural posture that helps to reduce the amount of muscle activity required to use your mouse. This in turn will help to reduce your symptoms and also the risk of aggravating your symptoms while you recover. We recommend the Delux M618 vertical ergonomic mouse. This particular mouse will place your hand and arm in a more natural posture which will help to reduce the tension in your forearm muscles. By switching to this mouse, you will feel the difference immediately. The Delux M618 vertical ergonomic mouse is one of our most popular selling ergonomic mice, and has helped many individuals with tennis elbow to recover completely and continue their work on a computer.