elbow is a common but debilitating condition
that is caused by stress and strain on the
tendons that surround the elbow. Its name stems
from the high frequency with which tennis players
encounter severe elbow pain. This pain is often
due to poor grip on the racket and to poor
balance between use of the wrist and use of
the forearm during swings.
Although the lateral tendons are implicated
in the painful symptoms of tennis elbow,
the broader musculature of the arm is also
involved. In particular, the muscles in
the forearm play a crucial role in producing
symptoms of tennis elbow. As the muscles
merge into the tendons, they insert into
bony bits at the elbow. This is a high
stress area and one that is prone to swelling,
inflammation, and degeneration.
Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain
on the outer part of the elbow and radiating
pain in the forearm. Many people experience
no symptoms until they go to lift or move
a heavy object, at which point the pain
becomes severe and debilitating. Although
over-the-counter medications are likely
to bring some relief, they are not a lasting
solution for the pain associated with tennis
A more viable alternative resides with
strengthening and stretching exercises
that restore balance and flexibility to
the muscles and tendons in the forearm.
These exercises can prevent undue stress
and strain on the elbow and they can make
painful swelling and inflammation much
less likely. Indeed, the vast majority
of people who try this approach see substantial
symptom reduction in as little as 4-6 weeks.
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