Tennis/Golfer's Elbow

Woman with racket Quite a number of people suffer from tennis elbow and don’t know it because they don’t know, "What is tennis elbow?" The truth is that you don’t have to be a tennis player to suffer from tennis elbow as it has a number of causes other than that. It just received that name because back in the day that was the only obvious reason for the pain and inflammation in the elbow’s bony portions. Golfer’s elbow is another common term for the condition for the same reason.

As you read above it is basically an inflammation in the bony portions of your elbow which is usually characterized by pain. You will find that this condition is irrespective of genders and affects men and women equally, tending to target those between the ages of 30 and 50. Most patients who suffer from this condition tend to be people who do the obvious one which is to play tennis, or those who play the violin, pitch baseball, do carpentry, carry heavy briefcases, golf on a regular basis, paddle canoes or even those that do a lot of hand shaking.

Many people suffer from this in varying degrees but do not realize it. This is mainly due to the fact that not everyone knows about tennis elbow in the first place and even those who have heard of it don’t know exactly what it is or what to do about it.

Only about 5 out of 100 people who suffer from tennis elbow are tennis players so you see the large majority of sufferers are not tennis players at all. Those who do play tennis and suffer from the condition usually develop it because of their frequent use of the backhand stroke. If they are using a racquet that is tightly strung that could worsen the problem as well as using the wrong part of the racquet to hit the ball.

Many times the condition is caused by using the muscles of the forearm too much. These are the same muscles that are responsible for straightening the wrist and fingers. When these muscles are overused the tendons have the tendency to tear or they may become inflamed and swell up or do a combination of any of those. At this point activities that require you to bend the elbow can cause a lot of pain.

You will find a lot of recommendations about treatments for tennis elbow when you search online, but the truth is that a lot of them have no scientific backing. Most often you can simply just rest your arm and avoid doing whatever is exacerbating the problem. You may need to find out what is causing the tennis elbow and put a stop to it. You should visit your Lakeland Chiropractor, Dr. Furbee, who more than likely will recommend and administer various stretching and bracing techniques.

Now that you are more informed about tennis elbow, you can choose the appropriate course of action.

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