Tennis elbow is a form of tendinitis (often misspelled ‘tendonitis’). An inflamed tendon that connects your wrist muscles to your humerus bone sends burning pain through the forearm. Signs and symptoms of tennis elbow are unmistakable so read on to find out if you have tennis elbow. I’ll also tell you how to avoid tennis elbow! Preventing tennis elbow is easy if you take the time to stretch your forearm muscles and don’t do crazy, repetitive, forceful elbow extension and flexion. Read on you crazy tennis players, yes, but it’s not just tennis players at risk. Find out who else develops tennis elbow besides the obvious.
Tennis Elbow Symptoms
If you feel burning pain in the bony part of your elbow that’s a huge red flag and the number one indicator of tennis elbow. Pain in the elbow may radiate toward the wrist or shoulder. Gripping an object usually aggravates the pain.
Are You on the Verge of Tennis Elbow? Are you at risk?
If you regularly flex and extend the forearm excessively, you’re at risk of developing tennis elbow. Same is true if you rotate the forearm excessively and repetitively. Tennis elbow is a chronic injury, one that happens through overuse and repetitive aggravating movement of the wrist joint. The term ‘tennis elbow’ was coined on account of how susceptible to tennis elbow tennis players are. Makes sense. Who gets tennis elbow besides tennis players? Plenty of people. Tennis elbow is common in manual labor occupations like painting and carpentry. Any prolonged work involving the arms and elbows makes you susceptible. Waiters, dishwashers, gardeners and fencers can get tennis elbow. You get the idea.
Tennis Elbow Prevention
Avoiding tennis elbow boils down to four important tennis elbow prevention strategies.
- Strengthen the forearm muscles
- Stretch the wrist extensors and flexors
- When you’re not stretching or strengthening the forearm muscles, keep the wrist in neutral position whenever possible.
- Minimize excessive wrist action in activities of daily living
Getting to Know Your Forearm Muscles
- Wrist extensors bend the hand and wrist back
- Wrist flexors bend the wrist and hand down
- Wrist supinators rotate the hand and forearm so the palm opens forward or up
- Wrist pronators rotate the forearm and hand rotating the palm of your hand face down or back behind you