Tennis elbow is a common condition wherein people have pain on the outer side of the elbow. Contrary to its name, not a lot of people who develops this condition actually got it from playing tennis. It is caused by overuse and it can be from several different activities and can happen to anybody. This is why I want to tell everyone the best home remedy for tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse – repeating the same movement again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.
Tennis elbow is a classic repetitive stress injury caused by overuse. Any activity that strains the muscles around the elbow over and over again can cause it such as tennis and other racquet sports. You can also get it from activities that involve repetitive arm motion such as carpentry, painting, playing some types of musical instruments. Cooks and assembly-line workers are among the groups that get it often. You can also get it from activities that involve repetitive gripping.
- Tenderness on the outside bony part of the elbow
- Morning stiffness on the elbow with persistent aching
- Soreness in the forearm
- Pain worse when grasping or holding an object
Home Remedies for Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow can usually be treated with rest, exercise, physical therapy and medication. Rest is an important part of the treatment. There should be a balance between rest and activity. If you have ongoing pain, talk to your doctor about taking medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin. Here are a few things you can do to start having relief from tennis elbow. Repeat these 2-3 times a day.
- Applying ice will help decrease the pain and inflammation
- Massaging the area can help improve blood circulation which in turn helps improve healing. It also helps realign the scar fibers that form as a result of the injury.
- Wrist extensor stretch – use the unaffected hand to bend the affected wrist down while keeping the elbow straight. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat 3 times.
- Wrist extensor isometric – bend your wrist back and resist it with your other hand. Hold for 5-6 seconds and repeat 10 times.
Treatment for Tennis Elbow
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