tennis elbow?

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  1. Dr. Physical Therapy, 03 February, 2010

    outside of your elbow hurting? right now lay low on the activity you’re doing to make it hurt, advil, ice if it is hot and red and then go see a physical therapist. we can make your arm feel better and give you a treatment program to help prevent you getting tennis elbow again. tennis elbow by the way is an simple way of saying lateral epicondylitis, or you have a tendinitis of the muscles that help pull your wrist up, straighten your fingers out, and twist your arm so your palm faces the ceiling. it’s commonly seen in tennis players(hence the name) especially those with a poor backswing. Also caused by repeated, forceful gripping, pulling the wrist up(like when you pretend to rev up a motorcycle), and turning your arm so your palm is facing the ceiling. if you have done any activities like that recently, that is what is causing your pain. so cut the tennis, or the activity that envolves those motions i just mentioned. if your job requires you to perform those activities to work, then i suggest just taking a break more often to rest your arm. overall, go see a physical therapist we’re pros at tennis elbows! good luck!

  2. Indiana Frenchman, 03 February, 2010

    Tennis elbow is a degenerative condition of the tendon fibers that attach on the bony prominence (epicondyle) on the outside (lateral side) of the elbow. The tendons involved are responsible for anchoring the muscles that extend or lift the wrist and hand (see Figure 1).

    Risk Factors/Prevention

    Tennis elbow happens mostly in patients between the ages of 30 years to 50 years. It can occur in any age group. Tennis elbow can affect as many as half of athletes in racquet sports. However, most patients with tennis elbow are not active in racquet sports. Most of the time, there is not a specific traumatic injury before symptoms start. Many individuals with tennis elbow are involved in work or recreational activities that require repetitive and vigorous use of the forearm muscles (see Table 1). Some patients develop tennis elbow without any specific recognizable activity leading to symptoms.

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