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Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Recovering from Tennis Elbow

Of course, what you really want to know is when you can get back to your regular activities after having tennis elbow. That depends on your individual case and the extent of the damage to the tendon. People heal at different rates.

Whatever you do, don't rush your recovery. If you start pushing yourself before your tennis elbow is healed, you could make the damage worse. You are ready to return to your former level of activity when:

  • Gripping objects or bearing weight on your arm or elbow is no longer painful.
  • Your injured elbow feels as strong as your other elbow.
  • Your elbow is no longer swollen.
  • You can flex and move the elbow without any trouble.

How to Prevent Tennis Elbow

The key to preventing tennis elbow is to avoid overuse. Stop if you feel any elbow pain during an activity.

You may also bring on tennis elbow by using the wrong equipment, like a golf club or tennis racket that is too heavy or that has a grip that is too large. Bad technique -- like using the wrong posture for a swing -- can also lead to tennis elbow. You should also:

  • Stretch and warm up before any sport or activity that will exercise your elbow or arm.
  • Ice your elbow after exercise.
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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on June 23, 2012

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