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What is the role of physical therapy in treating tennis elbow?

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One of the best ways to treat stubborn tennis elbow is with physical therapy. It can improve blood flow to the tendons, which will speed healing, too. A therapist may also teach you ways to change your tennis stroke or other activities that caused your elbow troubles.

Keep the momentum going even if your therapy program is finished. Once your elbow is pain-free and your backhand is better than ever, you should keep your muscles strong and flexible.

That’s because everyday activities don’t keep your muscles as strong and flexible as they should be to avoid sports injuries.

Ask about how to do some of the exercises yourself at home.

From: How Can I Take Care of My Tennis Elbow? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tennis elbow,” “Tennis elbow: Self-management.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Tennis elbow.”

University of Rochester School of Medicine: “Tennis elbow.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis),” “Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines (NSAIDs).”

UpToDate: Patient education: Elbow tendinopathy (tennis and golf elbow) (Beyond the Basics).

Virginia Sportsmedicine Institute: “Elbow pain.”

Health Navigator (New Zealand): “Tennis Elbow.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Tennis Elbow: An Overview.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Elbow Pain: Tennis Elbow.”

 

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tennis elbow,” “Tennis elbow: Self-management.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Tennis elbow.”

University of Rochester School of Medicine: “Tennis elbow.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis),” “Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines (NSAIDs).”

UpToDate: Patient education: Elbow tendinopathy (tennis and golf elbow) (Beyond the Basics).

Virginia Sportsmedicine Institute: “Elbow pain.”

Health Navigator (New Zealand): “Tennis Elbow.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Tennis Elbow: An Overview.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Elbow Pain: Tennis Elbow.”

 

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

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