Repetitive motions like chopping and swinging havebeen known to wreak havoc on the body's joints. But have you ever consideredwhat these movements could be doing to your muscles and tendons? Thisweek, Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell talks about how athletes and trades people canprevent a painful condition called tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow is a painful inflammation of thetendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The musclesand tendons become damaged from repeating the same motions again and again,resulting in pain or burning on the outer part of the elbow and weak gripstrength.
There are manytreatment options for tennis elbow. The most common of which are rest,anti-inflammatory medicines (like ibuprofen), steroid injections and physicaltherapy.
Somedoctors may recommend athletes have their equipment checked for properfit, or that they wear a brace centered over the back of the forearm to restthe muscles and tendons and reduce the symptoms of tennis elbow.