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Tennis Elbow: A Painful Reminder of Overuse

Tennis elbow officially known as lateral epicondylitis, this condition is not exclusive to tennis players it can affect anyone who repetitively strains the forearm muscles.

The pain typically originates from the outer part of the elbow, which can be tender to touch. Activities involving gripping, lifting or even simple tasks like opening a jar become painful. This condition arises due to the repetitive motion of the wrist and forearm, leading to inflammation in the tendons connecting the forearm muscles to the elbow.

Some treatment options include:

Rest and Ice: Give your elbow a break from the activities causing pain and apply ice to reduce inflammation.

Medication: Over the counter pain relievers can offer temporary relief.

Bracing: Wearing a brace or strap around the forearm can help alleviate stress on the affected tendons.

Physical Therapy: Exercises to strengthen and improve flexibility of the forearm muscles can help speed up recovery.

Steps for prevention:

Proper Technique: If you play tennis or engage in any repetitive activity, ensure you're using proper technique to reduce strain on your forearm muscles.

Warm up & Stretch: Before any physical activity, warm up your muscles and perform appropriate stretching.

Cross Training: Engage in a variety of exercises to avoid overloading specific muscle groups.

Remember, tennis elbow isn't exclusive to tennis players. It can affect anyone who engages in repetitive gripping activities, but with the right care and attention it doesn't have to hinder your active lifestyle.

Till next time folks!

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