Relief for Tennis Elbow

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, 3:55 pm

Does all that cooking for the holidays have your elbows kinked up? Repetitive movements can cause tendinopathy, commonly known as Tennis elbow. It starts with aching and joint tenderness in the outside of the elbow and leads to stiffness and loss of grip and strength.


A few home remedies can relieve these symptoms. These include rest, stretching, massaging across the elbow, and applying ice packs to it. We also suggest that you avoid using a tight grasp by using utensils with larger handles or grips.


Tennis Elbow Stretch

Take opposite hand to accomplish this motion within your comfortable range of motion, bend wrist down, extend elbow to comfortable range and turn inward as to open doorknob (on RIGHT).

  • Repeat 2 Times
  • Hold 15 Seconds
  • Perform 3x per day


Cross Friction Massage Wrist Extensors

While sitting with the wrist resting on a table and elbow bent perform friction massage perpendicular to the fibers of the wrist extensors as shown.

  • Perform for 5 minutes.

If symptoms persist more than a couple of weeks, contact the Therapy Department at the Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois at 618-988-8424 or Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky at 270-575-0023



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