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What You Need to Know about Tennis Elbow

There’s something perplexing about this condition. Why do people who don’t even play tennis or even hold a tennis racket, get tennis elbow? In fact, only around 5 percent of people who do play tennis have it. Tennis elbow affects men more often than women. In addition, it particularly hits people aged 30 to 50.

Naturally, we rely on our lateral epicondyle every time we grip or carry objects. This muscle is attached to our elbow. That’s why a prolonged use of our arms or improper grip of our hands can result in a painful condition in the elbow.

Engaging in strenuous activities involving our hands and wrists such as operating heavy machinery, lifting weighted objects or playing sports will likely lead to tennis elbow if performed using an improper hand grip or technique.

Moreover, any twisting or pulling motion done forcefully with our arms, elbows or hands that is likely to injure the lateral epicondyle muscle can lead to tennis elbow.

Symptoms of tennis elbow may include pain extending from the elbow to the forearm and wrist. Performing tasks that involve the hand and wrist (such as opening a jar or gripping any object) may be difficult. There’s also stiffness in the elbow as well as weakness in the arm.

Tennis elbow usually gets better even without medical attention since over-the-counter medications and self-care measures often do the trick. To prevent future incidents of tennis elbow, seek the professional advice of a physical therapist regarding ergonomic steps on how to perform certain activities.

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