Tennis not needed for Tennis Elbow

Posted on June 27th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Earlier this week I stepped foot on a tennis court for the first time in years. Although the game was casual, naturally I suffered from muscle soreness the next day. In the shins of all places, and I’m a runner. Anyway, I played with an avid player; which inspired this week’s blog. The infamous term ‘tennis elbow’ came to mind. Although I haven’t had a client that has disclosed to me that they suffer from tennis elbow, but in reality you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from this condition.

Medically termed ‘lateral epicondylitis’ tennis elbow is inflammation of the tendon that connects the extensor muscles of the wrist to the outside of the elbow. Only a small percentage of people get this by actually playing tennis. Other activities that can cause this inflammation are gardening or job related wrist overuse. When the medial epicondyle is inflamed the condition is often called ‘golfer’s elbow’.

Some common medical treatments for either injury are injection therapy such as steroid shots. Less intrusive forms of treatments are rehab and deep massage therapy. Deep massage of the forearm muscles will enhance circulation to the area.

Both are very slow to heal, so one other remedy is to simply rest. Here are a few home stretches that will also help.

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