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Talking Tennis Elbow!
Talking Tennis Elbow!

Get a grip!! Talking: Tennis Elbow

Summer is finally here! Warm, sunny weather brings everyone outside to enjoy their favorite racket sports. Unfortunately for some, it can also bring on nagging elbow pain!

Pain around the bony bump on the outside of your elbow (lateral epicondylitis if we’re being fancy) is typically caused by an overuse of the muscles in the forearm that perform gripping/bending of the wrist, which then overloads the tendons at the elbow.

Clients often describe throbbing, aching outside elbow pain and may note weakness or pain when doing everyday things like holding a cup of coffee or opening a door.

This condition can be a real pain in the arm (!) but the good news is it responds quite well to physiotherapy if addressed early on.

Some quick Tips:
Rest: take a break from activities where you are engaging in repetitive motions of

the wrist and arm, as well as gripping

Ice: apply ice safely to the elbow (note: ensure your sensation is intact and never directly over skin!)

Stretching: stretching the forearm muscles throughout and after activity

Strengthening: conditioning the muscles that perform wrist movement and gripping is key to avoid overuse symptoms

Bracing: in some cases, applying a brace during activity helps to reduce pain by taking the load off the tendons

As everyone’s situation is unique always consult a registered health professional to help create a management plan that’s effective and safe for you!

Happy swinging! -K