Tennis Arm Injuries
One of the most common types of arm injuries is a condition called tennis arm. Despite what you may have heard, tennis arm does not just happen to tennis players. Tennis arm injuries can affect any one at any age.
This type of repetitive strain injury is more commonly referred too or known as tennis elbow. Although tennis arm usually affects 50% of tennis players, over 95% of reported cases of tennis arm/tennis elbow every year are from non-tennis players.
There are specific activities, jobs, and sports that are considered to be in the high risk category for developing and can lead to a tennis arm injury. They can include, but by no means limited to, any of the following below:
- meat packers
- postal/factory workers
- any type of manual labor or construction work
- raquet sports
- dental assistants
- baseball players
- any type of activity, sport or hobby that requires a tight grip on an object for extended periods of time
So how does a tennis arm injury occur and what does it feel like?
Tennis arm is frequently described as pain and inflammation on the outside of the elbow. Without getting into too much medical jargon, when you perform activities, hobbies or sports that require excessive bending of the wrist, the extensor tendons and muscles in your forearm endure extreme strain and pressure. Over time, this repetitive action will eventually wear down the tendon to the point where small micro tears will occur. Its’ when these tears occur, at the attachment point near the elbow called the lateral epicondyle, is when you experience pain, irritation and inflammation at the elbow.
To make matters worse, when your body receives an injury, it’s natural response is to lay down scar tissue to prevent further injury. The scar tissue develops and binds over the tendons and soft tissues which interrupts the normal movement and smooth translation of these tissues. Again any restriction that causes the shortening or lengthening of the tendons results in pain and suffering simply because of a limitation in your normal range of motion.
Tennis elbow and tennis arm usually starts out as a dull pain. It rarely develops overnight or caused by blunt force trauma to the elbow or upper arm. Some tennis arm injury sufferers report that the first thing they noticed was that their arm was difficult to straighten out or extend fully, especially in the morning. Other individuals notice sharp pains when they perform basic tasks such as shaking someone’s hand, gripping a coffee mug, turning a doorknob or simply picking up the kettle to pour a cup of tea.
What most tennis arm sufferers don’t realize is that if not treated properly, their tennis arm symptoms and pain progressively gets worse over time. A tennis arm injury is not something you should just sit back and ignore. It’s possible that your arm may eventually go totally numb and you’ll be dependent on others to help with the most basic daily chores and tasks.
You don’t have to suffer with this nagging and stubborn tennis arm injury any longer. But what’s even better is that you don’t have to waste hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash, or take time out of your busy schedule to see a doctor or physiotherapist. Forget about washing down fistfuls of pills on a daily basis that only masks your pain. Never worry about having to get painful cortisone shots or injections in your arm. Throw away those smelly, bulky and restrictive elbow braces/bands/straps!
To be brutally honest and up front with you, all it really takes to completely cure your injured tennis arm and tennis elbow injury are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that anyone can follow from the comfort and convenience of their own living room, while watching their favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!