How To Recognize Signs And Symptoms Of Tennis Elbow

It’s summertime and many people increase their activity level as they get outside more. Some people may choose to complete more outdoor projects with their yard - mowing, weeding, gardening, and DIY projects. Others may choose more recreational activities like kayaking, cycling, tennis, and golf.

 

What do all these activities have in common?

 

Gripping!

 

That’s right, whether they are gripping hand tools, the oars of a kayak, or the handle of a racquet, everyone participating in any of the above activities must grip.

 

Excessive gripping or a sudden increase in gripping can increase the risk of lateral epicondylitis - aka tennis elbow. Increased gripping can also increase the risk of medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow, too. What’s the difference?

 

Tennis elbow is pain on the outside of the elbow whereas golfer’s elbow is pain on the inside of the elbow.

 

How do you know if you might have either tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow?

 

4 Signs & Symptoms of Tennis or Golfer's Elbow:

  1. Inflammation 
  2. Elbow Pain 
  3. Weakness 
  4. Tightness

 

In my most recent video, I go into greater detail about the signs and symptoms of tennis elbow plus provide solutions to help fix the problem. If pain is occurring on the inside of the elbow (golfer’s elbow), the same principles can be applied.

 

If you are currently experiencing elbow pain, it can take time to settle down. I don’t recommend waiting more than 7-10 days to see if it gets better. I do recommend seeking a Doctor of Physical Therapy like myself who can provide you with solutions to help it get better faster, so that you don’t miss out on what you love to do for the rest of your summer.

 

To Your Best Health,

Dr. Jeanette



*The best way to reach Dr. Jeanette and her team of experts is to contact her office at 262-771-0404. They offer a No Charge Pain Analysis and will let you know what your next best steps are to the quickest recovery.

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