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Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Medical Definition: Inflammation of the muscles and tendons on the lateral (outside) of the elbow.

Causes:
Chronic stress of the muscles and tendons that bend the hand backward (tennis backhand). This can result in microtears in the tendon and lead to pain and inflammation on the lateral side of the elbow.

Symptoms:
Pain and tenderness in the lateral elbow region, especially when gripping or rotating the forearm.

Recommended Treatment:
R.I.C.E. - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Reduce activity to promote healing. Apply Ice for 10-15 minutes after each workout to reduce inflammation and pain. A proper stretching routine is highly recommended pre and post workouts, with emphasis on forearm stretching. As with any orthopedic injury, a consultation with a sports medicine professional is recommended. Click for Arm Stretches



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