June 01, 2017
3 Ways to Know if You Have Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, or “lateral epicondylitis,” is a very common complaint that arises from the overuse of the elbow.  Obviously, sports like tennis can cause this painful condition, but it can also come from other activities such as painting a wall, gardening or even caring for children.  If you think this might be you, here are three common symptoms.

The only true way to diagnosis is by seeing your doctor. 

1. Lack of Grip Strength

Tennis elbow is the inflammation of the tissue that connects your forearm to your elbow.  Once inflamed, you’ll discover that your entire lower arm is weak.  Some people notice that they cannot even grip a doorknob to open doors. 

Try to squeeze a can or make a fist.  If you find that you’re more weak than usual, you may have tennis elbow.

 

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2. You hate your coffee cup

Another result of inflammation is pain picking up simple objects like a coffee cup.  An Grumpy Cupeasy test is to stand next to a table with a light object such as a book.  Grasp the object with your pinky sticking out and attempt to lift the object in front of you with a straight arm.  If you have tennis elbow, you’ll find this painful if not impossible.

3. Extend hand and push down on middle finger

With a finger from your unaffected arm, push down on the middle finger of your other Test for Tennis Elbowhand.  Try to resist against this pressure.  You may feel a jolt of pain shoot down your arm with this simple test if you have tennis elbow.

Now if this is you…

If these tests indicate that you have tennis elbow, the time to treat it is now.  The big points to remember are:

  • Rest the injured area.
  • Reduce the inflammation with cold and compression. 
  • Stretch and Strengthen the week tensor muscles

Pains and Strains can help with our entire kit devoted to tennis elbow.  The Surround Tennis Elbow Strap is made to help rest the irritated part of your elbow.  By forcing you to use other areas, your tissue has a chance to heal. 

The included Freeze Sleeve provides both cold therapy and compression therapy to reduce swelling and inflammation.  Our Fast Freeze roll-on takes care of any break-through pain.   

Tennis elbow can happen to the best of us.  Fortunately, there are options to get you back in the game as quickly as possible.
Joe McClung

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