I am a high school senior and have played tennis for five years or so. About two years ago, i began to develop some dull pain in my fore arm during and after play. It got progressively worse as I improved my play, to the point where I saw a doctor. It was tennis elbow.
I went through physical therapy for a few months. I got an elbow brace. I also began taking private lessons (as opposed to group ones) to try and fix the problem. From what i learned, my forehand was late, I wasn't getting a good enough backswing, and my finish wasn't complete. The pain lessened as I slowly started to fix those problems. Eventually, I went back to group lessons.
The pain was mostly over, though I certainly had days when i could feel it. Eventually though, I more or less quit. For 8 months, I played maybe twice, but a few weeks ago, i started up again. My high school team tryouts are in a week, so i wanted to get back into it and play my final year.
The first 3 hour group lesson was fine. I was definitely out of shape, and i felt it the next day. The second time, tonight, was not. Right from the first few groundstrokes i hit, i could feel a similar yet different pain. Rather than my fore arm getting that dull ache, it was right on the lateral epicondyl, right on that point. I would feel it if i hit a shot off center of my racket, and when i completely bend my inwards (touch my hand to my chest). I do not have pain in my forearm like before, but it is definitely the lateral epicondyl thats hurt.
Again, it only hurts if i touch my hand to my chest, or if i press on that spot on the elbow. In the few hours since i played, its gotte way better, and now its hardly noiticible. I do not (for now) have the classic signs of tennis elbow (lift wrist against resistance, etc..). I'm sure it's tennis elbow again, and its just starting, but i really want to stop it. I want to play my final year in my school.
What is there I can do at this point? What sort of technique could cause it? I have a full forehand now, with correct finish over my left shoulder. I have a two handed backhand that doesnt cause me any trouble. I can give more details, though i dunno how much you all can glean from just text.
Also, is it ok to play through? It's just a dull ache, and maybe it will go away on its own. Maybe i should just take some anti inflammatories? Is there any other treatment I can do besides just icing?
Thanks for reading all that. Advice would be greatly appreciated.