Tennis Elbow

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR TENNIS ELBOW

ADVICE

  • Work with a certified tennis professional to learn the correct hitting technique, which will place less stress on the elbow.1
  • Consider using a two-handed backhand if you are having pain with a one-handed grip.
  • Play with a racquet that has a flexible shaft and strings strung with a lower tension (55 pounds or less).
  • Don’t hold the racquet too tightly while hitting and relax your grip between points.
  • Use a racquet grip that is soft enough to provide a cushioning effect.

Do’s:

  • Rest from the activities that seem to cause the pain.
  • Use ice, commercial cold packs, or frozen peas to treat the inflammation (10-15 minutes of application – every hour for severe cases, 3 times per day for even mild cases).
  • Stretch as directed before, during, and after performing any repetitive arm activities.
  • Experiment with chair height, mouse location, and keyboard position if using a computer aggravates your condition.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid repetitive activities using the symptomatic aim.
  • Avoid long durations of computer work or other repetitive arm activities – take frequent rest and stretch breaks.
  • Don’t sit in a slouched fashion to do desk work.
  • Don’t play through the pain and expect it to get better.

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