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Can You Get Tennis Elbow Without Playing Tennis?

Posted by Vicki on 02/19/2019

Tennis elbow is an irritation of the tissue connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow. Funny enough, it's almost never caused from playing tennis! Pain is the primary symptom and it is caused by repetitive motions with the arm or wrist. I hope this will help you.

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, can be a nagging injury that is difficult to get over. It will bother you when you write, carry in groceries or use the mouse on your computer for too long. It is caused when the muscle that controls your wrist has too much stress and begins to pull away from the attachment at your elbow. Here are a few things that can be used to alleviate pain from your elbow:

  1. The use of cold packs to reduce the pain and inflammation
  2. Stretching the wrist extensors
  3. Tendon rest, take time to give your elbow a break
  4. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
  5. Physical Therapy

OTC Medications can help mask some of the pain, but if your pain persists for longer than a week, call us and one of our therapists will get a personalized plan for your speedy recovery. We offer 15 minute consultations at all three of our clinics for our patients convenience.