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All About Tennis Elbows

All About Tennis Elbows

By Taikhum Sadiq

What is a tennis elbow?

The extensor muscles of the forearm are responsible for the flexing and movement of the forearm. Damage to these muscles near the elbow joint is known as tennis elbow. Since these muscles are used thee most by tennis players, this injury is called tennis elbow. It happens in the lateral epicondyle region of the elbow and is hence also known as lateral epicondylitis.

All About Tennis Elbows

What are the symptoms?

The first major sign is pain on the outer part of the elbow (lateral epicondyle) and tenderness over the lateral epicondyle, a prominent part of the bone on the outside of the elbow. One may also experience pain from gripping and movements of the wrist, especially wrist extension and lifting movements. There is also pain from activities that use the muscles that extend the wrist.

What are the causes?

The major cause of this condition is the overexertion of the tendons originating from the lateral epicondyle. In tennis, miss-hitting the ball, or incorrect technique of playing the game, is the major causes of this condition. It is even common among people such as construction workers, carpenters, plumbers, etc. as they use tools that require the excessive use of the forearm.

What are the treatment options?

There are many surgical and non-surgical treatment options for this condition. Surgery is an option only in recalcitrant cases. Nonsurgical treatments include the use of orthotic devices and basic non-inflammatory medication. Orthotic devices include braces, straps, and wraps.

What are my options?

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  • Aircast Pneumatic Armband For Tennis Elbow features single, pre-inflated aircell, that concentrates compression on the extensor muscle, not around the arm, providing more support and less constriction. It is latex free and provides a universal fit.
  • AT Surgical Unisex Tennis Elbow Brace With Adjustable Neoprene Pads have innovative design which reduces pain. Special model with two removable adjustable neoprene pads, to be placed at specific pressure points. Adjustable VELCRO® brand strap for perfect fit, with durable nylon clip for easy on, easy off. Preferred by medical professionals for superior quality, long-term use.
  • AT Surgical Unisex Tennis Elbow Brace With Clip features easily adjusted VELCRO® brand closure which assures garment stays wherever you set it. Designed and manufactured of top-trade high tension elastic. One size fits all.
  • BodySport Tennis Elbow Strap reduces pain associated with tennis and golfers elbow. It has adjustable strap support that applies pressure on the forearm muscle groups. It has premium, medical plush neoprene for extended use and contains latex.