This is a first-hand description of an athlete that suffered tennis elbow due to an injury during their sport.
How did you hurt your elbow?
I was practicing my sport and had a quick movement that caused my hand to turn outwards and my elbow to turn inwards with my arm bent at a 90-degree angle.
This experience tweaked an already sore and irritated part of my elbow joint.
I would say that the injury exacerbated a preexisting chronic issue that was due to overuse.
How did you find out it was tennis elbow?
I had actually previously seen an orthopedic doctor and asked about the elbow. He said it was likely that I had a mild case of chronic tennis elbow.
What does tennis elbow feel like?
Tennis elbow has a mix of dull and sharp pains and aches. Quick twisting motions can cause sharp pain on the inner portion of the elbow while a prolonged lack of movement can lead to a dull ache in a similar location on the backside of the elbow.
How did your tennis elbow feel after a few weeks?
When tennis elbow is chronic or severe, it responds very slowly to healing and treatment.
My elbow was almost worse after one week of healing than it was immediately following my injury.
It was slightly better in two weeks but was not significantly improved until months after the injury.
Do icing and elevation help tennis elbow?
Yes. To a small degree.
Anytime you have swelling, ice and elevation can help your body reduce inflammation and excess fluid which generally improves recovery and sensitivity to pain.
Typically, unless there is a more serious injury involved, there is not a significant amount of swelling from tennis elbow.
Can braces help with tennis elbow?
While there are certainly a lot of them out there, I did not find many that offered much help.
I’ve heard others say that had success with the ones that offer compression over some of the muscles in the forearm, but I found these to weaken my arm and cause the dull aches of tennis elbow to be much worse.
When I tried to compete in my sport with the brace, my hands would go numb and my arm would usually fill with blood.
When I loosened braces enough to where they were comfortable, I felt that I lost any benefit from having them on to begin with.