Updated: Jan 20
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a common musculoskeletal ailment that affects the elbow and forearm. Pain and swelling around the lateral epicondyle are symptoms of this overuse injury to the arm's muscles and tendons (the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow).
Tennis elbow is commonly associated with tennis, although it may also be caused by any activity that involves repeated arm and wrist movement, such as typing, painting, or using power tools. Because of this, it has become increasingly prevalent in the modern population, especially among those who have sedentary employment or hobbies that involve extensive use of their arms.
The extent to which our forebears suffered from tennis elbow is unclear. Overuse injuries of the forearm and wrist are not exclusive to occupations like farming and crafts, but are instead likely to have resulted from any activity requiring frequent use of those body parts.
Some folks may not know these five things concerning tennis elbow:
Tennis elbow is not simply a problem for tennis players; it may affect persons of any age.
When compared to women, men are more likely to experience this.
Even with therapy, it might take a while for symptoms to disappear completely.
In certain cases, the tennis itself may be to blame.
It often occurs in tandem with other musculoskeletal disorders including carpal tunnel syndrome or osteoarthritis.
Several exercises have been shown to be effective in treating tennis elbow and lowering the likelihood that you will experience a recurrence of the condition. You may give these three a shot:
Extend your arm straight out in front of you, palm facing down, then flex and extend your wrist. Move your wrist slowly down toward the floor and back up again. Ten or fifteen more repetitions of this exercise are in order.
Hold a can or other light weight in your extended hand and rotate your forearm in both the pronated and supinated positions. Turn your palm up and down slowly by rotating your wrist in little increments. Ten to fifteen times through is recommended.
Extend your fingers in front of you and hold the position for a moment. Lift each finger slowly into a straight position and then let go. 10 to 15 repetitions is recommended.
Please keep in mind that the exercises described in this blog post are not meant to replace the advise of a qualified medical expert; rather, they are presented for informational and educational reasons only. If your pain or discomfort persists, you should consult a doctor. If you have a preexisting medical condition, it is extremely important to check with your doctor before beginning a new fitness routine. Stop doing any physical activity that hurts. Stop doing the exercises right once and see a doctor if you start to feel any pain.
Tennis elbow, as stated previously, is a widespread musculoskeletal ailment that affects many modern individuals, while it is unclear whether our predecessors were similarly affected. Multiple exercises have been shown to alleviate symptoms and lessen the likelihood of a recurrence of the problem. In any case, if your pain or discomfort persists, it's best to consult a doctor.