Although tennis players to the south enjoy their passion outdoors throughout much of the year, those in the northern tier of states are confined to indoor courts until the warm summer breezes finally arrive. To maximize the competitive pleasures of those precious fair weather months, it's important for players to minimize the impact of common injuries like tennis elbow.
What is Tennis Elbow?
According to the Mayo Clinic, lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as “tennis elbow,” may develop when tendons and muscles are subjected to undue strain. Repetitive motions, excessive activity and/or a grip that is too tight may bring on the condition. According to Drs. Finestone and Rabinovitch, overuse specifically “causes micro-tears near the origin of the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) at the lateral epicondyle.” This process may lead to
Many tennis players suffer from tennis elbow at some point in their lives. The Cleveland Clinic estimates that approximately 10-50 percent of players will develop tennis elbow. Overall, the condition afflicts between one and three percent of the population, in part because it plagues athletes and workers alike. For example, carpenters, painters, plumbers, and butchers may develop the condition as well. It is relatively common in any sport that requires a strong grip, including tennis, golf, baseball
Treatments for Tennis Elbow
There are a wide array of tennis elbow treatment options. Mild cases of tennis elbow are sometimes self-healing - that is, they may get better over time even without treatment. However, many tennis players and others with the affliction often resort to a number of readily available treatments to speed recovery:
There are a number of things an athlete can do to minimize the chance of future episodes of tennis elbow.
Tennis Elbow Brace
Bracing may reduce the incidence of tennis elbow by targeting pressure across the extensor muscles. To relieve pain, the Cleveland Clinic suggests “the use of a counterforce brace, an elastic band that wraps around the forearm just below the injured elbow.”
Mueller Sports Medicine offers several elbow supports, including the HG80® PREMIUM TENNIS ELBOW BRACE. This brace is very comfortable, thanks in part to the use of an improved inner liner material and a soft-feel gel pad. Mueller’s very own HydraCinn® fabric is a latex-free, breathable material wicks moisture away from the skin, and it includes an AEGIS anti-microbial treatment. The HG80 brace is available in both regular and large sizes. For more information about Mueller's elbow braces and supports, please contact us.