Having pain around the outside of your elbow? It’s possible that you might have tennis elbow. What’s that? You don’t play tennis? It’s very common for this to occur even in people who don’t play tennis, or any other sport for that matter. It can be caused by any repetitive movement requiring extension of your wrist. The proper term for this condition is lateral epicondylitis.
So what is tennis elbow anyways? Tennis elbow is the inflammation of the tendons on the outside of your elbow. Typically this tendon gets irritated when you are asking too much out of it and it isn’t strong enough to keep up.
What can you do to get rid it? Physiotherapy of course! The goal to treat this condition is to offer pain relief in the short term and to make the tendons and muscles stronger in the long run so that they no longer become irritated with the activities you choose to do.
You may have to modify your activities for a little while to allow the tendon to recover. Heat or ice can help with the pain, stretching can help to ease the muscle tension and eccentric strength training will strengthen the tendon. Check out the attached videos to see how to do these exercises.
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