Stiffness, inflammation, and pain at the tendons that attach to the outer side of the elbow are common symptoms of lateral epicondylitis. Tennis Elbow is the same thing, just easier to pronounce. Pushing the forearm muscles beyond their limits causes the problem. Stretching and strengthening them will help.


Lateral Epicondylitis is a nagging injury that creeps up on you in a gradual way, but also takes a gradual course of recovery. Stretching, stretching, and more stretching will help your recovery to go faster, as well as prevent it in the first place. Repetitive use of your hands, working on your backhand shot in tennis, or striking your elbow on something hard will kick it into gear. All of my patients have presented with tightness of the muscles on Both sides of the forearm. Stretching of both sides, and adding in whatever pain free wrist strengthening you can tolerate, will bring you to a full recovery. It’ll be okay to return to the same repetitive work, but you’ll have to keep up the simple exercises for prevention.


Video Transcript: Lateral Epicondylitis/Tennis Elbow
Lateral Epicondylitis: transcript coming soon
This should get you started in the right direction, but please check out my full-length PT session to get all the rest of the details that will troubleshoot your symptoms and take you to a full recovery. I’ve also got an exercise checklist for you and illustrations so you can work on the exercises easily throughout the day. I hope you’ve been encouraged, and that you’ll be feeling better soon.