what is tennis elbow and what can help the pain??

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  1. rockinpacker, 12 February, 2010

    Tennis elbow� is a term that describes soreness or pain on the outer (lateral) part of the elbow. While tennis elbow is common, playing tennis is only one of many activities that can result in this tendon injury. Also called lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow occurs when there is tendon damage at the elbow where some of the forearm and hand muscles connect to the upper arm bone. It affects the muscles you use when extending your wrist and fingers.

    Treatment for tennis elbow includes:

    * Resting the arm to allow the tendon to heal
    * Reducing pain and inflammation, such as by icing the area and taking ibuprofen.
    * Strengthening and stretching the muscles to help recovery and prevent further injury.

    A person may need to change or stop activities that make the condition worse. Surgery is rarely needed.

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