Is your elbow sensitive to touch? Does pain worsen when lifting heavy objects?
You might have tennis elbow. It’s not limited to tennis; any overuse can cause it.
Pain originates where forearm tendons attach outside your elbow. With time, it may extend to your wrist.
Other symptoms include:
- Pain from touching your elbow’s outside
- Discomfort when extending or cocking your wrist
- A weakened grip
- Pain during gripping activities
Left untreated, tennis elbow pain worsens, even at rest. We can help with exercises and stretches, making your elbow stronger and reducing pain. A strap or brace may be recommended.
Initial self-care involves rest, icing, and possibly anti-inflammatory medication. Severe cases may require more treatment options.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kim Gladfelter, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Women's Health Physical Therapy Specialist at PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness
Kim Gladfelter is a physical therapist, Pilates instructor, educator, author, and co-founder of PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness. She is known as a keen, well-rounded expert of healing through movement and women’s health specialist in the Silicon Valley area.
Kim has helped men and women of all ages to stay active and feel their best. She also writes about managing pain in her health columns, blogs and the local Los Altos Town Crier newspaper as well as reaches out to the local community, support groups, schools, libraries, and sports centers to advise and educate on body awareness and therapeutic exercise.