Tennis Elbow Muscles

October 18, 2011 by  
Filed under tennis elbow

tennis elbow musclesThere are many muscles which make up your forearm. Two of the most common sets of muscles in the forearm are the flexor and extensor muscles which both attach at your elbow.

Flexor muscles originate in the front of your forearm and extensor muscles are located in the back of your forearm.

When individuals refer to tennis elbow muscles, they are really making reference to the extensor muscles of the forearm.

Anytime you extend your wrist, you are working your forearm extensor muscles.  Without getting too technical, the primary movers of your extensor muscles have an origin of attachment at the lateral epicondyle of your elbow and run down and attach at your wrist.

When you suffer a tennis elbow injury, it’s the extensor tendon that attaches the extensor muscle at the lateral epicondyle which suffers the tear.  The larger the tear becomes, you more pain you will feel – especially when you perform actions or movements that require wrist extension.

Even though your “tennis elbow muscles” may feel strong, or you have a strong grip, overtime repetitive actions involving excessive wrist flexion and/or elbow rotation can cause small tears in your extensor tendon.  Even your most basic daily tasks such as sweeping the floor, knitting, typing on the computer, working with gardening or carpentry tools can all cause a severe case of tennis elbow.

It’s not uncommon for individuals seeking a tennis elbow diagnosis and recovery to often give up hope and accept that they may have tennis elbow forever.

But many of these sufferers simply choose to ignore the early warning signs and symptoms of tennis elbow such as: elbow pain that gets worse when you extend your wrist, a decrease in grip strength, pain that sometimes shoots from the elbow down the forearm and into the wrist, difficulty in extending or straightening your arm fully or elbow pain that increases when you turn a doorknob, shake someone’s hand or simply holding a coffee or tea mug.

Another tell tale sign and symptom that you have tennis elbow is swelling of your elbow, especially within the first 2-3 weeks of suffering your injury.

But the most dangerous part of tennis elbow is that after the first 3 weeks, the inflammation and swelling goes away and most people return the activities, movements or tasks that caused their injury in the first place.  Truth of the matter is that for 99% of the cases, your tennis elbow is not getting better, but is only going to get much worse!

People think that just because the swelling is gone, their injury is healed.  Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to tennis elbow.  In fact, this is when further damage occurs and the tear in your extensor tendon gets larger and your elbow pain increases significantly.

As the v-shaped tear gets larger in your extensor tendon, your body goes into overdrive and starts to lay down “repair tissue” which most people refer to as scar tissue.  As you continue to go through the repair-injure-repair-injure cycle, the amount of scar tissue really starts to build up.  You will notice that your pain is increasing as well, simply because the muscles and tendons cannot glide over one another as smoothly as before and your extensor muscles will feel extremely tight and stiff.

Your extensor tendon will eventually start to degenerate!  And the only way to stop the degeneration process and eliminate your built up scar tissue is through strengthening exercises of your forearm muscles.

But before you think you’ll have to spend a small fortune for endless physical therapy sessions to learn these specific exercises, you’ll be happy to learn that there are really only 5 simple techniques that you need to do at home but can do while sitting in your comfy chair, watching TV!

Better yet, do them during TV commercial breaks!

If you’ve had enough of your elbow pain, and are committed to overcoming your injury, here’s your chance!

Click on the Learn More button below, where you will I show you in a short video presentation, how to strengthen your tennis elbow muscles quickly at home – without any special exercise equipment or medical gadgets!

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