Tennis Elbow: The Unwanted Trophy No One Talks About
Hello, my amazing readers!
You don’t have to be a Wimbledon champ to be acquainted with tennis elbow. Oh no, this nifty little condition can serve its way into anyone’s life—pun intended!
Game, Set, Ouch!
Before we dive in, let’s get this straight: tennis elbow isn’t exclusive to tennis players. You could get it from repetitive tasks like typing, painting, or even high-fiving too hard (though that last one is a bit of a stretch).
So, What’s the Racket All About?
Tennis elbow occurs when the tendons that join the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow become inflamed [^1^]. The Mayo Clinic suggests that repetitive motion is often the culprit. So what can we do to avoid this?
Home Court Remedies
1. Wrist Flexor Stretch: According to Harvard Health, this stretch helps in relieving tension in your forearm muscles [^2^]. The wrist flexor stretch involves extending your arm straight in front of you, palm up, and gently pulling your fingers downward with your opposite hand to stretch the muscles on the underside of your forearm.
2. Rest & Ice: Take some time to sit back and relax. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends taking a break and icing the area [^3^]. This can help reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and promote the healing process by minimizing stress. It can also provide a soothing effect to the area.
Serving Up Tips
- Do: Invest in ergonomic equipment. A comfortable workspace can go a long way in reducing stress on your tendons [^4^].
- Don’t: Ignore the pain. Continuous strain can lead to chronic issues. If the pain persists, consult a healthcare provider [^5^].
- Do: Strengthen your forearm muscles. Stronger muscles can reduce the risk of tennis elbow [^6^].
Love-All: Final Thoughts
While tennis elbow might not earn you a championship title, it’s a familiar challenge for both weekend warriors and desk enthusiasts alike.
Just remember, every setback is a setup for a comeback. So, prioritize that self-care, and before you know it, you’ll be back in the game, swinging stronger than ever.
Catch you on the flip side!