Tennis elbow is a common condition that is caused by overuse of your arm, forearm and hand and causes elbow pain. The pain occurs around the bony bump on the outside of the elbow. (Golfer’s elbow causes pain around the bony bump on the inside of your elbow.)
Tennis elbow is not just caused by swinging a tennis racquet. Any activity that requires repeated twisting or flexing and extending the wrist—like painting, spring cleaning, and even shaking hands may cause that pain in your elbow to flare. The pain may be gradual or appear suddenly.
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SYMPTOMS OF TENNIS ELBOW
- The outside of your elbow near the bony bump hurts and is tender to the touch
- Your elbow is stiff and you may have pain all the way down your arm to the wrist
- Your hand feels weak, especially when you shake hands
- You may feel tingling down your arm and into your fingers
- Your elbow hurts worse when you swing your racket, make a fist, try to grab something with your palm down or when you flex your wrist back
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT TENNIS ELBOW?
Applying ice and taking anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen can help with the pain and swelling. Since the muscles that bend and straighten the wrist start at the elbow, resting the wrist and elbow may help. Splints and braces that rest the wrist can help relieve stress around the elbow, reduce pain and allow the tendons to heal.
ELBOW BRACES THAT CAN HELP
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