How Can I Resolve Tennis Elbow Pain?

How can I get rid of elbow pain? Do I have tennis elbow? How can I resolve tennis elbow pain? Here are a couple of tips to answer your questions and to try and resolve pain.

Please remember that these tips and exercises should reduce any symptoms and if there is any increased pain, please stop and contact us for an assessment to determine if these are appropriate for you.

Hi, this is Rick from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy; today I’m going to show you a couple exercises that I like to use on treating tennis elbow. Classically, we think of tennis elbow as that pain on the outer surface of the elbow here, pain with lifting, gripping, especially when reaching and away from the body. Obviously it gets a little bit more complicated than that but these are a couple exercises that I’ve found work pretty well; they do take a little bit of practice to get used to, so the first one when we’re dealing with gripping what we want to do essentially you’re going to keep your arm in close to your body and your thumb up to the ceiling and take your unaffected arm so the non-painful arm is going to come onto the inside of your elbow here and you’re going to apply a little bit of a force outward to the side. Once you’ve got the force applied out to the side from here, you’re going to grip and squeeze the towel so the point of applying this force is that it should help to decrease and preferably make your pain go all the way away, as compared to gripping without that force by getting some repeated motion for repeated pain free motion while gripping a towel. It’s going to help to decrease your pain over time. That’s one version, the other version that we like to do, taking a band, you can see I’ve wrapped it around the door handle here, I’m just going to close it, I’m just going to close the door with the band in it now I’m going to do the same thing, elbow at my side, thumb up to the ceiling, apply a little bit of a force, I’m just going to hold my wrist into a neutral posture here which is going to utilize all these muscles on the outside of the forearm. Again these exercises are really only effective if adding this little bit of lateral force, helps to decrease your pain. If it doesn’t we like to tweak it and give you a little bit of different exercise and that’s where it can be a little helpful to come into the clinic and have things talked to you one on one, so anyways give those a try, you want to start pretty small, you shouldn’t feel any pain holding for about 30 seconds at max, okay, so like I said this is Rick at Body Works Sports Physiotherapy www.body-works.ca. Thanks.