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Tennis and Golfer Elbow Treatment

Tendonitis is often associated with the sport tennis or golf because both sports require elbow stressful motions on the tendon’s elbow. Tendonitis involves inflammation of the tendons. With a golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) the inflammation is in the tendons that attach to the medial or inner part of the elbow. Tennis elbow involves the inflammation of the tendons that attach to the lateral (outside) part of the elbow.

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Understanding The Elbow
The elbow is made of made of three bones
● Humeres
● Ulna
● Radius

The end of the bones are covered in cartilage, which is the rubbery substance that allows your joints to move freely and absorb shock. When it is injured or strained, it causes pain from little tears to your tendon

Tennis Elbow Diagnosis

Generally, it is not difficult to identify such cases. Your physical therapist may discuss your medical history and ask about your daily activity. After that, a physical exam is required to rule out pain points, limitations and the extent of the case. The physiotherapist may apply some pressure, move your wrist and fingers in various ways.

Causes of Tennis and Golfer Elbow

Motion. Serving with a great deal of force or using a spin serve.

Muscle Weakness. Weak shoulder and wrist muscles.

The wrong racket. A too short, tightly strung, or too heavy racket.

Throwing a javelin.

Frequently operating hand tools continuously.

Handling a chainsaw.

Carrying or rowing a heavy suitcase.

Chopping wood with an ax.

Throwing a javelin.

Tennis and Golfer Elbow Symptoms

Not only athletes experience these symptoms, so do mechanics, painters, cooks, carpenters, and plumbers who constantly use their arm strength.

● Pain (along the palm of the sidearm)

● Burning sensation

● Deep aching with grasping and lifting

● Weak grip strength

● Shaking Hands

Tennis and Golfer Elbow Treatment

Rest. Put your training, competitions and other repetitive exercises to the side. Returning too soon can worsen your elbow’s condition.

Ice Therapy. Apply ice packs or a cool compact to your elbow for 15-20 minutes, three to four times a day. To protect the surface of your skin do not apply ice directly, use a thin towel.

Stretching or strengthening exercises. The physiotherapist will slowly load the tendon with specific strengthening exercises shown to be effective.

Tennis and Golfer Elbow Exercises

Tennis elbow. Gently hold your arm in front of you with your palm facing down and pull your hand and fingers back towards your arm. It should not be painful, if it is, be more gentle. Hold for 30 seconds, relax, and repeat three times.

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Golfers elbow. Hold your arm in front of you, palm facing up and gently pulling your fingers and hands up. Hold for 30 seconds, then relax and repeat for 3 times.

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Additional Exercises

Wrist Extension

Begin with your elbow at 90 degrees, palm facing down resting on a surface. Gently extending your wrist to lift it off the table and towards the ceiling.

Grip Strengthening

Bring a stress or a squish ball, gently hold the ball and squeeze.

Strength Exercise

The hammer exercise, you will use a hammer as a resistance. Hold the handle of the hammer and keep your elbow at 90 degrees. Slowly hold the weight towards your body and reverse the motion and hold it outward. Rest and repeat 10 times.

People Also Ask :

● Make a list of your symptoms
● Make note of medical history: supplements and medications
● Take your daily activity into consideration
● Check if your recent injuries could be related to your elbow

1. What is the root cause?
2. Do I need more special tests?
3. What treatment approach do you reccomend?
4. How long will I need to stop the activity that caused my elbow problems?
5. What activity do I avoid?
6. How often do I need to monitor my recovery?

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