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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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I took up archery last year for the first time at age 33. I quickly developed tennis elbow that hasn’t gone away. It’s been almost 9 months. Is this typical?

Most people with epicondylitis or “tennis elbow” report symptoms for an average of six months up to two years. This depends on a number of different factors. Patients in good health and fitness level may recovery more quickly. Anyone continuing with work activities or sports that put a strain on the tendons at the elbow may have more problems. Healing is delayed when tendons of the forearm muscles tear from overuse. These tiny tears cause microtrauma and a cycle of bleeding, inflammation, scarring, and tearing. Stopping this cycle is the goal of treatment.


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