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Tennis Elbow: The stubborn Visitor

Tennis_ElbowTennis elbow does not discriminate on who it wants to attack. You don’t have to be a tennis player or athlete to get it.

 

It can hit anyone after seemingly most benign activities.  The more you ignore it and try to push through it, the louder it will scream and punish you for ignoring it.

 

 

Tennis elbow sits on the outside of the elbow and it digs in its heels and makes you scream if you try to do something it doesn’t like.

 

 

 

 

“Typically the most aggravating of activities are palm down lifting, gripping or squeezing with the arm.”

 

 

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Like reaching into the back of the truck to grab a tool box.

 

 

Gripping something with a long lever arm: i.e.- a tennis racket, golf club, 2X4 board, baseball bat, etc. You get the picture.

 

 

These activities require a lot of grip force.

 

 

 

 

If you find yourself face-to-face with this foe, the best thing to do is temporarily stop the offending activity, start taking anti-inflammatory medications (Aleve, Advil, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Naprosyn, Celebrex, etc.), and start stretching.

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Stretches you say…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Extend your arm in front of you with your palm down.

 

 Bend your wrist, pointing your hand toward the floor.

 

With your other hand, gently bend your wrist further until you feel a mild to moderate stretch in your forearm.

 

Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

 

 

 

 

tennis elbow stretch-editedExtend your arm in front of you with your palm up.

Bend your wrist, pointing your hand toward the floor.

With your other hand, gently bend your wrist further until you feel a mild to moderate stretch in your forearm.

Hold for at least  15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

 

 

 

 

Tennis elbow has a tendency to wax and wane. If you just don’t seem to be making any leeway with your tennis elbow. Make an appointment with your doctor or Orthopaedic physician or surgeon to discuss further options.

 

 

 

 

 

By: Stephanie Jones, AT

 

Source:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/stretching-exercises-for-tennis-elbow

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