Showing posts with label tennis elbow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tennis elbow. Show all posts

March 18, 2011

Tennis Elbow? Try This

One of my favorite tennis sites is because it brings together all kinds of great info regarding health, nutrition, fitness, diet, and injury prevention with a very specific focus on tennis. A recent post that caught my eye was Simple Exercise Relieves Tennis Elbow Pain. I myself have previously posted about the horror of tennis elbow. Just check out Tennis Elbow (Part 1) - What Is It? and Tennis Elbow (Part 2) - How To Treat It. As these posts point out, up to half of all tennis players will deal with tennis elbow at some point in their tennis-playing careers. So the article is great in that it highlights an exercise that's easy to do at home to deal with this often debilitating injury. It includes links to video demonstrations showing you how this simple exercise, which involves twisting a small rubber bat or baton, is performed. To me, it looks like something you could do on the court while watching other matches. Or wherever. Head over to to check out this great article and then see what else they have to offer - I guarantee you'll find something useful to help your game.

© Kim Selzman 2011 All Rights Reserved

October 10, 2009

Tennis Elbow (Part 2) - How To Treat It

So you think you've got tennis elbow - what now?

The good news is that tennis elbow can usually be treated by non-surgical means. To reduce pain and inflammation, these things often work:
  • Rest and avoiding any activity that causes pain in the tennis elbow area (yes, that may mean taking time off from playing tennis!)
  • Applying ice to the sore area
  • Taking anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen
  • Getting cortisone injections to the affected area
Once your pain is relieved, you may need to start physical therapy.  More specifically, you need to strengthen and stretch the muscles in your arm, especially in your forearm.  Activities or motions that aggravate your pain should be avoided and this may mean, finally, learning proper stroke technique to prevent re-injury.  Use of a "counter-force" brace, that wraps around the arm and applies pressure just below the elbow can often help.

Fortunately, 90 to 95% of tennis elbow sufferers will get relief from just following these conservative steps.  And for the 5% of people who require surgery, 80 to 90% of them will get relief from their injury.

And what about my fear of having tennis elbow myself? I'm pretty sure, after all of this research, that I don't have tennis elbow!  And now that I now all about it, I plan on keeping my arms in good shape and hopefully avoiding ever becoming a tennis elbow victim.


© Kim Selzman 2009
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October 8, 2009

Tennis Elbow (Part 1) - What Is It?

My right arm is bothering me.  And I'm worried - do I have tennis elbow?  Do I have some of the precursory signs of tennis elbow?  How do I make sure I don't have it and I don't get it?  What do I do if I'm starting to get it?

So many players I know have tennis elbow or have had it that I'm just waiting to get it myself. According to WebMD, tennis elbow can affect as much as 50% of all tennis players at some point in their career!  It is more common in men than women (surprise!) and most often affects people ages 30 to 50 (although you can get it at any age).

Tennis elbow is an over-use injury and is frequently caused because a player is using the wrong equipment or technique. Specifically, according to, tennis elbow can be a result of:
  • A poor backhand technique
  • A racquet grip that is too small
  • Strings that are too tight
  • Playing with wet, heavy balls
(I would like to know who exactly is playing with wet, heavy balls.)

Tennis elbow can't be diagnosed by a blood test or by x-ray. The way to know you have it is by the type of pain you are feeling and the symptoms you are experiencing. So what are the most common symptoms of tennis elbow?
  • Pain slowly increasing around the outside of the elbow
  • Pain that worsens when shaking hands, squeezing objects or squeezing a tennis racquet!
  • Pain that increases by stabilizing the wrist or moving it with force, like when lifting, opening jars, using tools or handling utensils
So what do you think? Do you have tennis elbow? Do you think you might get it?

Tune in to Tennis Fixation's next post when we find out what to do if you have tennis elbow and how to avoid getting it (or re-getting it) in the first place.

© Kim Selzman 2009
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