Healthy Elbows: Focus on Tennis Elbow

Hello, Valued Phiten Customers,

Welcome to our newsletter. Starting this week, we will be focusing on the causes of elbow pain. Our first topic is Tennis Elbow, a condition that can cause significant discomfort and impact your daily activities. Let's delve into what Tennis Elbow is, its causes, symptoms, and how you can manage it effectively.

Understanding Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow, also known as Lateral Epicondylitis, is a condition caused by the overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons. This overuse leads to inflammation and micro-tears in the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow.

Causes of Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow is commonly associated with repetitive motions involving the forearm and wrist, such as those used in tennis. However, it can also affect individuals who engage in activities that require repetitive arm movements, such as painters, plumbers, carpenters, gardeners, butchers, and even office workers who spend long hours typing or using a mouse. The condition is not limited to athletes and can occur in anyone who performs repetitive tasks with their arms.

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

- Pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow

- Weak grip strength

- Pain that worsens with activities involving the forearm, such as lifting, gripping, or twisting

- Possible swelling and stiffness in the elbow joint


Prevention and Management

Managing and preventing Tennis Elbow involves a combination of lifestyle adjustments, therapeutic exercises, and medical treatments to reduce symptoms and promote healing:

- Rest and Activity Modification: Avoiding activities that exacerbate the pain and allowing the tendons to heal. Gradually reintroducing activities while paying attention to any pain or discomfort.

- Ice Therapy: Applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce pain and inflammation. Use ice for 15-20 minutes several times a day, especially after activities that cause discomfort.

- Stretching and Strengthening Exercises: Engaging in specific exercises to stretch and strengthen the forearm muscles can help prevent and alleviate Tennis Elbow. Consulting a physical therapist for a tailored exercise program is recommended.

- Ergonomic Adjustments: Ensuring that workspaces and daily activities do not strain the elbow. This includes using ergonomic tools and maintaining proper posture during activities.

- Bracing and Supports: Wearing a brace or forearm strap can help reduce strain on the tendons and provide support during activities.

- Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can help manage pain and inflammation.

- Physical Therapy: Working with a physical therapist can provide guided rehabilitation exercises and techniques to promote healing and prevent recurrence.

- Medical Interventions: In severe cases, treatments such as corticosteroid injections or surgery may be considered. Consulting with a healthcare professional for appropriate interventions is important.

We hope this introduction to Tennis Elbow helps you understand how to recognize and manage this common cause of elbow pain. Stay tuned for our next newsletter, where we'll explore another cause of elbow discomfort.


Stay informed, stay healthy,



Please note that the information provided in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Individual cases may vary, emphasizing the importance of personalized medical advice.

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