Hats off to all the players as Australian Open ended this weekend on a high note. It was with great pleasure to watch all the nail-biting matches from start to end.
As I watched highlights of the games, I couldn’t fathom how much their bodies endure the Aussie heat but also the continuous pounding and swinging back and forth to get each hard-earned point up to the scoreboards as they inch closer to winning the coveted first grand slam title of the year.
I asked myself, what percentage of tennis players get tennis elbow or elbow tendonitis from all the beating they’re getting from 150-200mph balls coming their way on all angles? I’m pretty sure they’re also human and they’re not immune to such injuries right? But how do they make sure tennis elbow concerns don’t hunt their flourishing careers?
As research shows, 50% of tennis players suffer from tennis elbow at some point in their career. That is understandable especially with the nature of their sport. But normal people can suffer from tennis elbow too especially if we do repetitive manual work which involves gripping, lifting and twisting the wrist.
Some examples include typing, gardening, plumbing, and bricklaying. Gripping a knife often as in the case of chefs working in the kitchen, tennis elbow symptoms are common.
So how do you know if you have tennis elbow and what can you do about it?
Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the muscles of the forearm to the outside of the elbow. It often occurs due to overusing the forearm muscles and tendons and those around the elbow joint.
A simple test can be done by gripping and lifting a heavy object. If pain persists on the outside of the elbow, then that’s bad news.
Good news is, it is not a helpless case.
Here are 5 key treatment methods to help battle tennis elbow.
1. Resting the arm and avoiding activities that involve repetitive movement can help the affected tendons and the muscles around it.
2. Soft tissue massage and ice massage can also help the muscles to heal.
3. Stretching the wrist and forearm muscles will also help a lot in alleviating the strain and tightness.
4. Strengthening the other muscles such as your shoulder and upper arm can definitely take off the pressure from the tendons and forearm muscles surrounding the elbow.
5. It is best to consult your physical therapist for a specific program to help with your tennis elbow as each person’s case and we all heal at different times.
Just remember once your elbow is pain-free don’t be complacent. Continue to keep your muscles strong and flexible so you can stay on top of the game we so-called life just like your tennis idols.
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