Tennis elbow pain – What stage are you in?

August 3, 2009 by  
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tennis-elbow-pain Tennis elbow usually progresses through a number of stages beginning with dull pain, arm stiffness, tingling and numbness in the upper arm.

In the early stages, it is common for tennis elbow sufferers to believe that the pain and numbness are due to aging or maybe you just accidentally bumped your arm or had caused some trauma to it resulting in poor blood circulation.

Early stages: The first signs of tennis elbow pain would typically involve a small, dull pain on the outer part of your elbow. It’s not uncommon for elbow sufferers not to experience any direct elbow pain, until you massage, touch or accidentally bump your elbow. If and when you decide to get the pain in your elbow checked out by your doctor he/she may touch or massage your elbow to see what degree of pain you are suffering from.

Many of the common symptoms of early stage tennis elbow usually continue on for several weeks or months, without any form of treatment. Only a small fraction of tennis elbow sufferers are lucky enough to recover at this stage with treatment.

Symptoms at this early stage may include a weakening grip and elbow pain while performing simple tasks such as using a knife to cut up food, gripping and carrying a briefcase or simply using a paint brush, sweeping with a broom or using a shovel. If you avoid these simple tasks, which unfortunately most people can’t, your condition may improve but will most likely not heal.

When left untreated, your elbow pain sensitivity increases very quickly, for longer periods of time in the initial stages. The pain can be so intense that it could affect and disturb your night sleep and interfere with your work efficiency.

As you continue to ignore and brush off this elbow pain or mask it by consuming anti-inflammatories, your tennis elbow symptoms will only get worse to a point where you will be in constant and continuous pain, both during the day and night and even while sleeping(if you are able too).

It’s not uncommon to experience an extremely stiff arm when you wake in the morning and you are immediately in pain. Your daily activities and simple chores are not affected to the point that you can only carry out very light tasks and you find yourself becoming more dependent on others.

When not ignored and acknowledged and treated in the early stages, you stand a better chance of a full recovery from tennis elbow. As it will drastically reduce your risk of developing a permanent disability.

Later stages: In the later stages of tennis elbow, your elbow tendons and muscles deteriorate to the point where you may start to build up and develop scar tissue to the extent that the only way to get rid of the scar tissue would be through invasive tennis elbow surgery, which has a very low success rate with long recovery times.

Again in later stages you experience great pain with the slightest effort such as opening a bottle, shaking hands with someone, turning a doorknob, or even gripping your coffee mug. Tennis elbow can be difficult to treat in the later stages; so all care should be taken to recover from it early on.

More symptoms of tennis elbow at this stage include upper forearm aches and pain, stiffness in the elbow joints, tightness of the forearm muscles, grip weakness, clumsiness while holding things, swelling and inflammation of the elbow and upper forearm, tingling and numbness, etc.

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113 Responses to “Tennis elbow pain – What stage are you in?”

  1. Andy heaphy on August 5th, 2009 2:23 am

    Pain scale on left arm is normally gets to around 9 out of 10 most days with the right to around 5.

  2. Naira on August 14th, 2009 5:31 am

    thank you for your tips. But my pain got worser after exercises, may be my arm needs some rest.

    In May I accidentally bumped my elbow after which the problem develped.
    Symptoms are: hand weakness and elbow pain while performing simple tasks such as using a knife to cut up or grate food, or doing everyday home cleaning – polishing, sweeping with a broom.

    Best regards,

  3. joseph on August 14th, 2009 5:36 pm

    i must be in middle to late stages. after i do his couple of exercises he showed me, it is really stiff and sore the next day

  4. Tennis elbow symptoms on August 17th, 2009 11:45 pm

    Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis is a condition that causes extreme burning pain over the bone at the side of the elbow. It is majorly observed in tennis players and in men than women. Some prevention which one can take is, halting any form of activity that leads to pain and inflammation, applying ice or cold water pack on the problem area, trying to raise the elbow at regular intervals, physiotherapy also helps.

  5. kristen on August 20th, 2009 1:14 am

    i think i am too late for your treatment program, as i have constant pain and am no longer able to ever fully straighten my arm out completely (i have been seeing a PT without much success yet, but only time will tell)

  6. admin on August 20th, 2009 10:41 am

    You are never too late to get rid of your tennis elbow. I suffered with tennis elbow for 7 years and was able to cure it. NEVER give in to this stubborn injury, you too can beat it!

  7. KEVAN OAKES on August 20th, 2009 1:35 pm

    The pain seemed to come over night, left arm first and now tenderness around the right elbow! I was 6-months into working out when it started and renovating my house. The working out has stopped (no choise with the pain) but the reno must go on. The pain is severe and at times just burns for it seems like no reason. Did 8 weeks Active release treatment, ultra sound and lazer but no luck.
    Always thought to be very physical but now barely able to cope. Advil for breakfast every day, wake up and can hardly straighten it. Constant aching in the upper forarm and no strength in my hand on the left side. The right arm is very tender to the touch around the outer joint of the elbow. 4-months into the pain?

  8. Rick on August 22nd, 2009 6:20 am

    I have had tennis elbow for 1/2 yrs. from playing racketball. Have had 2 cortisone shots….Feels better for a few weeks. Certainly not a cure. Recently had an MRI.
    There is a deep tear. Don’t think it is going to get better without surgery. I also found out that I have a tear in the shoulder as well. “Torn Labrum?”
    Elbow bone is getting more sore. Did some exercises Dr. prescribed. Got to where even those hurt. Not sure what to do.

  9. Glenis on August 28th, 2009 6:15 am

    I was greatful for the tips on how to ease tennis elbow but although they worked at first they now offer no relief at all. Ice pack is soothing for the duration of application but the relief fades quickly.
    IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO CAN HELP US, PLEASE! I feel quite desperate now with not much sleep or work happening. I am fearful of the future.

  10. Debra on September 11th, 2009 8:57 pm

    My pain is daily, but only hurts when I am putting tension on it. I just started the exercise program, so I haven’t had time to see if they will help. I hope so! I also was using two different kinds of elbow “wraps” – one is a larger stretchy cuff that fits over my elbow, and the other is a wrap that has an air bubble bladder that puts pressure on one spot. It helps me remember not to strain my arm. Are those things helpful or more hurtful in the long run?

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  12. S.Krishnan on September 17th, 2009 11:26 pm

    My pain has come down after doing the exercises. Its only one week since I have started it, but so far so good. Hope the relief will sustain.


  13. Jeevanandam Rangananthan on September 22nd, 2009 10:09 pm

    now my tennis elbow pain in ok no pain , ok i am one more doubt shall i plan to play daily 45 minutes this right time or some time gate what will do please reply

  14. keith on September 23rd, 2009 5:06 pm

    I have had three cortizone shots in my left elbow and one in my right in the past year, come to find out i have a tear and an overload of scar tissue in my left elbow. I see no other choice surgery is tuesday gotta be able to function in construction and this is not the time to be searchin for a job. Thanks anyways for the tips.

  15. rama on September 24th, 2009 5:13 am

    i’m struggling pain for my right hand tennis elbow from 6 months, whenever i’m trying to lift any item (i.e., more than 1 kg weight).

    This pain is really frustrate me and i’m looking for preventive cure for relaxing this pain

  16. Nonette on October 2nd, 2009 5:03 pm

    I started applying the tips by geoff for three weeks now. I find relief on my elbow and my right hand is again functional. i can do things again without pain such as writing, lifting my cup of coffee and arranging books and do simple household chores without any fear. Although the pain in my elbow can be felt, i hope that by the end of one month this pain will be removed.

  17. jenny cabot on October 4th, 2009 3:49 am

    Mine is getting slightly easier with the help of accupressure – accupuncture not helped. Have stopped doing tennis altogether and have booked in a steroid injection for 2 weeks time. I can feel it is easing as the pain is not waking me up at night and I can get a whole night’s sleep. I will see how it is in two weeks time and I am doing exercises to help provided by tennis elbow tips. Hopefully I won’t need steroid injection but not ruling it out completely.

  18. Luis Asturias on October 26th, 2009 3:24 pm

    I’m 58 years old and I play squash three or four times a week.
    Two weeks ago began a pain in my right elbow. I’m trying with ice, pain reliefs and strecht but I continuos playing and bicycling.
    I’d try to stop a week but was the same pain or more than making my sport.
    I’d note that the pain increases when I use the mouse for some hours.
    I appreciate If you’d cousel me about my case.

  19. Eric Schmitz on October 28th, 2009 7:50 am

    Hello All,
    Not real sure where I’m at in the progression of this problem. I have a sharp pain in my upper left forearm right at the elbow. It’s painful to lift even light objects. I don’t have any swelling but have tried to wrap it which hasn’t really helped. The pain isn’t consistent when not using arm, but definitely there when trying to use it. I’m still trying to workout but it’s getting tougher.
    Any tips? or suggestions?


  20. DAVID DICKIE on October 28th, 2009 12:27 pm

    Stopped working out last june, arm was getting a little better.Had a fall 3 weeks ago and has flared up again, little tasks cause some pain in the elbow

  21. Giancarlo on November 16th, 2009 12:00 pm

    Don’t have cortisone, only temporary relief not permanent solution required.

    I have Tennis elbow in both arms, left more than right. Have been doing Geoff’s stretching / exercises last 2 weeks, combined with resistance tubing exercises.
    Definite improvement of late, less pain and reduced stiffness on both arms, so will continue with this programme.

    I think push ups may have contributed to my problem which commenced about a year ago.

  22. Gregory on November 21st, 2009 8:40 pm

    I have been using the hammer 2 sets of 10 per session and is working well

  23. Shela on November 28th, 2009 6:36 pm

    I have Tennis elbow from computer use and writing, I have tried the stretches and excercise not much relief. I have had one shot and it went away but has returned with avengence, I am thinking about having the shot again I know there will be some relief if only for a little while….

  24. smw on December 22nd, 2009 5:19 am

    ice…the wonder drug, when it flares. but thankfully my technique has improved with age, so my tennis elbow is no longer an issue on the court. exercising the muscles around the elbow CORRECTLY is key!

  25. Carmen Vargas on December 30th, 2009 9:41 pm

    My right arm was aching after I had a massage and thought something went wrong with my shoulder. I had an x-ray and afterwards an ultrasound and found out that my supraspinitus tendon had marginal tearing. I had an injection for my shoulder and helps with my shoulder pain but my arm pain continues. Consulted my GP and he said its a tennis elbow and was given another cortisone injection and its help only for couple of days. I am still having physio and using everyday an ultrasound machine to help healed my torn tendon. The pain is decreasing when I am resting but when I starts moving around the pain can go up to 5 out of 10. Exercises I supposed helped as well.

  26. Eric on January 14th, 2010 11:41 am

    Just doing now the hamer excercise for almost two week and the other excersizes for a view days but stretching is still painfull.
    The strength is coming back a little so far, maybe a couple of weeks more training and let’s see how far we can come.
    I think my gitaarplay is the problem, learning the barre chords by pushing to hard on the neck of the gitar I think is the cause of the problem with my elbow.

  27. ray ritchie on January 14th, 2010 4:44 pm

    Tennis elbow what a dilapidating decease had it in my right elbow about 15yrs ago I had 2 injections {cortisone} and then seen a surgeon who injected me again and found immediate relief. then I was told to be very careful for next week then I got a tea towel rolled it up then rang it morning and night both ways for a few seconds, touch wood have never had it in the right elbow again but developed it in my left elbow 1 year ago, have had two injections and still is so sore it never goes away. To do the hammer trick it harts so much and also the tea towel trick as well don’t know what to do.
    The thing is I know how it happened it was from using a hammer to pull out nails. Was the pressure it but on my fingers

  28. Jack on January 27th, 2010 6:56 pm

    Started doing the hammer exercise about 1.5 weeks ago and got 60-70% relieve in about 3 days. Things have kind of stalled since then. But I am now doing the rest of the exercises. So far I am very impressed, this is something I have been living with for about 6 months.

  29. Dianne on January 28th, 2010 5:33 am

    Have been having my elbow/arm pain for about two months. Not really sure what caused it. Had this once before a few years back it lasted a long time but eventually went away without doing anything special. The pain seemed to be getting gradually worse even when I rested the arm. Found this site and started the exercises, along with a cold pack a few times daily and it seems to slowly be getting better. Thanks for the help.

  30. Tracey on April 12th, 2010 1:35 pm

    Think I am at early stages of Tennis Elbow. Did Gardening yesterday elbow ok no pain – but later in the evening it was really hurting – did hammer exercise & elastic band exercise a few times rested it – it was ok this morning just a little ache tonight – I do engineering using all tools – hammer as well! all depends on what stage of my job i am on to how much elbow hurts, I now alternate my working routine -doing less quantity of each stage, feels alot better. Thanks for your advise. Tracey

  31. Phuong on April 18th, 2010 9:21 pm

    Dear Mr Admin
    Thank you for your mail to concern about my pain. Two months ago, I went to a doctor and had a disprospan injection, upto now I feel better and go back to play tennis, anyway I have to take tennis elbow brace when playing tennis. Best regard

  32. mrs.rama naik on April 27th, 2010 8:14 pm

    Thanks a lot for this mail, and your kind concern really now I know that I am in the later stage where I am now depending on my hubby for small things even m not able to wear a saree or say put up a pin or things like that . please wil you let me know what to do. even sitting inthe net and chating with my children who dont stay with me living away from me , I get tired shoulders start paining and hands get stiff I will be eagerly waiting for your reply as i have told you I ve taken steroids twice and even –_done a small operation , deposits od calcium were found in my right arm so wil be waiting THANKS AGAIN for your concern M glad that somewhere someone is there who is helping me with my problem like a god

  33. JOHN BEATON on May 3rd, 2010 9:49 am

    The pain is now easing, but i constantly have a slight numbness and tingling sensation. this is after one week of doing your exercises

  34. lenina on May 6th, 2010 5:32 pm

    hello sir!
    i have consulted the physician almost after two months of pain and came to know it was tennis elbow. however he had given me some medicine but, no escape. he suggested for steroids. as i came to know steroid is not permanent solution i turned up to internet to find some natural therapy without side effects. in the process i came across your web site. it is almost six months now.
    thank you for your exercise tips. my doctor simply stopped me from any exercises but i do exercises suggested by you.
    thank you,
    with regards,

  35. Hanna Jones on May 6th, 2010 10:48 pm

    I have been through dull pain, tingling, grip weakness,sweelling ,aches and numbness in upper arm and infamation of the elbow. I did see the doctor when symptoms increased for longer periods of time and started disturb night sleep-that was after fiew months when I first had pain in my elbow. I did not yet reach constant and continuous pain during the day and night. I have had one cortisone shot- pain went away. I am also taking fish oil and glucosamine. Just started doing hammer and stretching exercises, for I am greatful for your tips Geoff. I do wear elastic brace for a fiew hours daily. Still my grip is weak and no strenght in my arm, but no pain.

  36. Jim Hover on May 28th, 2010 7:47 am

    I had a steriod in jection into the joint of my right elbow Last August and I can tell you I’ve never had so much pain in my life, I walked about with my arm strapped across my chest for two weeks, I woke up one day and the pin had disappeared….But now 8 months later the pain has returned but in both elbows!! I am not going to go two weeks of excruciating pain by have another two steroid injections!! I have found a way even though it’s not a permanent
    solution.. and that is an Infer-red Massager, it really does work and gives me at least a few hours respite from the pain…OK I use it every 3 to 4 hours but it means I can do most anything….Before I could not even lift a kettle to make a cup of coffee, but now I’m pain free…I’d like to know how others feel about it if you try it…

  37. chetana on May 30th, 2010 4:37 am

    I have this pain since three months. I have consulted physician and consumed lot of medicines prescribed by him resulted in severe acidity problem since than I have stop taking any medicine.Main problem with me is I have no time for myself. Since morning I am busy with household work ,than two hours traveling to work place and evening again the same routine.Due to my pain I can not finish my any work in time so I have to spend more time in that. Now about my pain – I have undergone physiotherapy treatment and due to that my pain is reduced to 50 %. But after that no progress . My elbow is stiff and I have pain when I drink My coffee , when I wear My earings ,I can not pick up weight . I tried ur exercise once or twice but while doing that I experience pain so in that case shall I continue doing exercise ?

  38. Noreen Kelly on June 6th, 2010 12:51 pm

    After 2 years coming and going with pain and had cortizone injections with little relief. I find that the exercises are a great help. My right arm has got a lot stronger . The pain has eased off a lot during the day. The most time I have pain now is in bed. In the morning early it is very stiff to get going bit hopefully with more exercise it will improve.Thank you so much for all the information in your Emails- Keep up the good work.

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  40. DR Vanajakshi on June 24th, 2010 7:51 pm

    Thank you so much for your usefull tips they are very much informative and easy to follow my pain has redused completly now.

  41. admin on June 25th, 2010 12:03 am

    Hi Dr Vanajaksi,

    Thank you for your kind comments. Glad to hear your tennis elbow pain is under control now and you’re able to get back to normal activities again.

    All my best,

  42. George Matetich on June 27th, 2010 9:14 am

    I did your excercises and it started feeling better. I golf and didn’t quit. One day while playing, something popped in my arm just below the elbo. I visited a specialist and he sent me to a therapist. I am now doing ultrasound treatments and exercises. Some of the exercises are the same as you recommended. Will let you know my progress. Want to get back to golf but am taking a little time off!!

  43. Jeff on July 6th, 2010 6:02 pm

    Have had tennis elbow for 3 months now. Shaking hands, grabbing and lifting objects and even taking my belt off kills me. Doctor gave me an arm band and a prescription for a nsaid. I still have the elbow pain and now stomach pains from the nsaids. I have stopped the nsaids. Now the doctor wants me to go to an orthopedic surgeon. HELP!!

  44. David on August 5th, 2010 1:48 am

    I’m not sure exactly where my tennis elbow is at the moment but it does seem to be improving as long as I don’t do too much with it to aggravate it. I ice it regularly which seems to help. I’ve stopped playing my drums for awhile as I have grip weakness and tightness of my forearm muscles when I play. I need to do a lot of stretching and warm-up to overcome this. I’m left-handed but the tennis elbow is in my right arm. I’m squeezing a rubber ball and using your tip with the hammer. Seems to help. Thanks.

  45. Wendell Nunes on August 23rd, 2010 10:30 pm

    I just don’t get this, there is so much information…..If I could stop what causes the pain I would, but its not totally broken so picking up my 3 year old still has to happen……


  46. Ron on August 31st, 2010 5:59 pm

    What stage am I at??…….MRI 2 weeks ago showed tear in tendon at right elbow. Doing lots of praying, stretching, icing, and exercises.

  47. phil on September 15th, 2010 1:48 pm

    i am a painter and decorator of 31 years my elbow becomes swollen when i use a roller for long periods of time . because of the tight gripping action .i have also done some weight training over the years, a lot of dumbbell pressing. my elbow is painful when i play darts when i bring my arm back to my face and throw forward.


  48. Liz Whittaker on October 9th, 2010 9:46 pm

    I first noticed pain in my left elbow after digging holes in my garden with a post digger. There are tender spots on both sides of the elbow when pressed. It is quite painful when extending my arm from a bent position, especially during the night when sleeping. The ice packs and exercises do help.

  49. Debapriya on October 10th, 2010 9:23 am

    I suffer from pain when I fold my hands for constant 2 hrs while talking in phone without headset. The pain increase next day. My hand lose it’s feelings & only a constant pain last. The pain continues for at least 3 days. Sometimes the pain might start without any reason

  50. D.K.Tayal on October 12th, 2010 5:11 am

    I have tennis elbow problem in right hand which seems to be in early stages. I feel pain while sleeping, lifting a shopping bag or otherwise a little bulky item like suitcase. I have much more pain in the upper arm just below the shoulder.
    I want to know if tennis elbow can cause such pain ?

  51. tenniselbowtips on October 12th, 2010 7:16 am

    It sounds like you are suffering from early onset tennis elbow. If you’ve just suffered your injury within the past 2-3 weeks, there will be some swelling and inflammation at the elbow. Your elbow should be tender to the touch on the lateral side just above the bony protrusion of your elbow. Yes, you will find that performing everyday activities such as lifting a suitcase or shopping bag to be challenging and painful. That being said, upper arm pain is not usually a symptom of tennis elbow.

    If you also have arm pain when shaking someone’s hand or turning a doorknob then there’s a 99% chance that it is indeed tennis elbow you are suffering from. I recommend you take this simple 5 second tennis elbow test.

  52. frank on October 15th, 2010 12:20 pm

    well i was a carpet installer for over 20 years and the constant strain on my arms took a toll on me the last year….ive been selling carpet now mostly thank god for that but anyway ive been icing massaging and it helps alot.dont over ice as the pain from the cold is worse,and keep stretching and stay away from dumbells use free weights and bench pressing when working out…i still cant put my right arm straight out and lift anything.i hope it gets better

  53. Connie on October 24th, 2010 7:39 pm

    Have been dealing with tennis elbow since April of this year. Some days are better than others. It does hurt to the touch. It is also my left side, and I’m right hand. Have been to the doctor for this not sure what to do at this point. Money is an issue.

  54. Tom on November 8th, 2010 7:31 pm

    This is my 2nd bout of elbow problems due to tennis. The first one got to the point where I could not lift the post tennis beer with my right hand. Tried corisone shots (3) BUT very temporary relief. Stopped playing tennis for 18 months. That was 20 years ago. Have been playing tennis for past few years and developed same problem after 2 years. I have switched from right handed one handed style to left handed two handed style. Not easy but I have done it over a 6 month period. Some shots I still do one handed right handed ( poaching ). This switch has helped a lot. My elbow is always tender but not keeping me off the court now. I am starting some of these exercizes and will see if it helps.

  55. Mark Gander on November 9th, 2010 12:58 pm


    Iam not real sure what stage I am in ? I have the pain however it has not impeded my work nor my daily 2 hr workout with the barbells and many machines and exercises. Yes I am a GYM RAT. I have learned to stream line my workouts to avoid certain movements that cause me discomfort. Really wish I could get rid of this small condition for good. Please note I take no pain killers nor do I use any form of drug or cream any suggestions ?? The exercises that you havr sent me in past work fairly well .. Please do shed some light on this topic .. Thanks and have a great day

    Porto Martins
    Azores Portugal

  56. Steve Czyzyk on December 31st, 2010 8:43 pm

    I’m currently taking a month break from badminton and darts to rest it, I think that’s all I need, cause the pain is more so at night at lifting and moving heavy stuff all day.

    But Ice helps a lot I’ve been using your techniques Geoff and have got relief, I also go for massage once a month some times 2 times a month depending if I have a Friday off If I can get a free appointment.

    Grand Rapids Michigan.

  57. gökhan on January 5th, 2011 6:07 am

    I have tennis elbow since 2004. I cant carry or hold anything. I went to lot of doctors. but nothing happens.
    I am living Turkey. If I want to buy your material, how long does it take to get your cd and books?
    or would it be possible to download your material after payment?


  58. tenniselbowtips on January 5th, 2011 6:17 am

    Hi Gokhan,

    Thank you for your comment. When your payment clears, you will get immediate access to the material and online videos. If you want the DVD version of the program it will be shipped via air mail to your doorstep there in Turkey. It usually takes about 5-7 business days to arrive.

    All my best,

  59. Dan Fowler on January 12th, 2011 5:36 pm

    My elbow pain had become so severe that I had to completely stop playing (tennis)….presently, after a month of rest (very little use of elbow), the pain has lessened to manageable. If I can continue to combine periods of rest between intervals of playing again (and some weight-lift training), I’m hoping my arm pain will continue to diminish??? …Really, up until the time the pain was unbearable, I never really allowed myself a long enough rest between playing again when my elbow pain kept getting worse. Finally, my arm would just “blow up” again and again as I kept trying to play thru it. ..So, the Lengthy rest became mandatory IF I’m ever going to have a chance for my arm to recover. ..anyone agree with me???

  60. Bruce Bucher on January 20th, 2011 8:30 pm

    My elbow pain has declined by 80% since I started using the hammer exercise and keeping away from the free weights in the gym.

  61. tenniselbowtips on January 21st, 2011 2:57 am

    Hi Bruce,

    Thanks for the post. That’s fantastic news! I highly recommend you stay away from dumbbell exercises. When you use dumbbells you have a large range of motion which can cause ever more damage to your elbow. Many people don’t even think twice about it when they are trying to recover from an injury such as tennis elbow.

    Best Regards.

  62. delisahari on January 25th, 2011 8:50 am

    I’m still suffering from the pain for more than a month. I stop playing tennis for a while but it didn’t get away. So I came back to the court every now and then because I cannot go without tennis. It’s my passion for the game. Though it hurts a lot when I hit with a backhand, but after sometime it fades away. The pains came back after a rest in each game. The pain became more intense during the night until the next morning.
    I’ve tried various treatments but it is still there pestering me.

  63. rick on February 15th, 2011 5:50 pm

    I have been suffering from tennis elbow for two years,I have been through physio for 4 months,ifc machine,R.I.C.E THERAPY. cordosone injection,returned to work,as a mechanic.
    The pain has returned #9 on the scale,I received a second shot and have sceduled Release surgery on March 7.
    Is surgery a wise move?

  64. tenniselbowtips on February 16th, 2011 1:12 am

    Hi Rick,

    It’s rare for tennis elbow sufferers to have to go under the knife for elbow surgery. The tear in your extensor tendon is either too large to repair with sufficient rest, diet and exercise or it has completely torn itself clear from the bone. It’s most likely the first as the doctor would not have given you a cortisone shot if your had a complete tear. Everyone’s case is different and b/c you are a mechanic, your extensor tendon endures extreme wear and tear on a daily basis. I would inquire as to the size of the tear and whether or not you have a complete tear before you opt for surgery.

    Best Regards,

  65. rick on February 22nd, 2011 6:34 pm

    i am unable to go for an M.R.I because iv had an anurism in my head,how would we determine the size of the tear in my extensor tendon without cutting to inspect?

  66. Sandy Bergeron on February 24th, 2011 7:18 pm

    My tennis elbow is in my right arm and I have realized it is getting worse. I have trouble holding things and when using the computer it aches. I have been using your exercise recommendations to some relief.

  67. antoinette on March 4th, 2011 3:23 am

    thank you for fowarding me info on tennis elbow. I’ve found the stretching technique relieving while performing the stretch but I feel much the same after. Pain is there full time when useing my right hand.

  68. Greg on March 7th, 2011 3:31 am

    well i have been following your few helpful hints that you have sent me, and yeah well guess what?? they do actually work. the whole idea of stop working out and let it heal wont work, and doesn’t work. I have tennis elbow in my right arm and golfers elbow in my left arm….. Must have something to do with working my other arm harder to stop the pain, but it seems to help both of my arms to improve in all areas. Must have something to do with the stretching of the muscles to relieve the pressure on both elbows. Keep sending me the short video clips to improve my rotation and strength to make me lift heavier weights :)

  69. Pete on March 9th, 2011 9:38 pm

    Thanks Geoff for tying to help!

    I am in my second month now with pain only when I extend my arm full length and
    twist my arm inwards. Also when lifting my winter coat up to the hanger bar with
    the inward slanted lifting motion.

    When just motionless and not moving at all, there is no pain.

    I just noticed in the last three days a very sharp needle like pain in the upper
    elbow bone, the pointy bone that you can feel when your arm is flexed and you
    feel it just above the main elbow outer bone. This is a strange evolution of pain
    that does not go away as my previous injuries always did given a very short period of time.
    No stretching nor exercise seems to have done a bit of good so far. The contraptions that I have as braces do nothing but cut off good circulation of blood
    to the whole arm even if left properly loosened.

    I hope this does not continue but I heard that your pain lasted seven years!

    My ability to lift and work with my right arm is about 55 to 60 percent of normal
    right now and its disconcerting to say the least.

    Your comments?


  70. Raghuvir Bhavnani on March 10th, 2011 3:53 am

    Dear Sir ;
    Thank you for some simple tips which I followed. I am happy to inform you that the pain has mysteriously disappeared and even after doing some heavy work and playing golf it has not come back. Happily I am cured.

  71. tenniselbowtips on March 10th, 2011 12:51 pm

    Hi Pete,

    Thanks for the comments!

    I feel your frustration. I was exactly where you are today with this stubborn and nagging injury. The most frustrating part for me was just when you thought the pain was gone, it would flare up again – seemingly out of nowhere. I gave up on the anti-inflammatories, physio, elbow braces, cortisone shots and acupuncture. It wasn’t until I actually took a step back and looked at the root cause of the elbow pain and figure out some effective techniques that I wasn’t doing, that I was able to overcome and beat tennis elbow.

    Don’t let this terrible injury ruin your life, I’m proud to say that I am a tennis elbow survivor and *knock on wood* have had no tennis elbow flare-ups or relapses since.

    Best Regards,

  72. RICH H. on March 27th, 2011 9:25 am

    Geoff—sent an message yesterday–MARCH 26TH —did u receive???
    rich h.

  73. tenniselbowtips on March 27th, 2011 9:37 am

    Hi Rich,

    Yes I did. Simply click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page for my reply.


  74. Amelia on April 12th, 2011 8:14 pm

    Hi Geoff’,

    Thank you very much for sending me some tips to get relief from tennis elbow pain. I religiously followed the exercise but I’m still suffering the pain. I suffered this for almost 1 1/2 years, spent a lot mof money for different kind of treatments. I’m desperately wanted to get rid of this kind of annoying pain in my both arms.

    Can you send me the details on how to purchase your DVD, i’m praying and hoping that with the help of your dvd, i will relieve and enjoy my daily life.


  75. paulaannbarnes on April 19th, 2011 6:39 pm

    I have been fighting tennis elbow for about 3 months and cannot afford to see a doctor . Iam misserable and need to get relief. please help me

  76. Bill on May 21st, 2011 7:17 pm

    I have used 35 lb. dumbbells for several years now. Along with the “Perfect Pushups” Once about every 2 years, tennis elbow will flare up, and I will shut down all exercises for a few days and it will completely disappear. A few months ago however, it flared up worse than ever in my right elbow. I continued to work out, and tried to be more cautious, but the pain never went away this time. Next thing I know, it has flared up for the first time in my left elbow. Only not nearly as severe as in the right elbow. I have used the hammer exercise, and it helps somewhat, but the pain doesn’t go completely away. What kind of exercises can I do to maintain muscle mass in my arms as well as get rid of this pain!?

  77. tenniselbowtips on May 23rd, 2011 11:58 am

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for the comment.

    Pushups are not really tennis elbow friendly, especially if you are using those push-up stands. If you are looking to stay in the gym and work around your injury, I recommend you stick to barbell only exercises. Reason being is that they restrict your range of motion and are not likely to make your condition worse. Dumbbells on the other hand are simply a recipe for disaster, avoid them at all costs if possible.

    Best Regards

  78. Teelack Singh on June 25th, 2011 5:48 pm

    I have reached the stage where I couldn’t shake hands or have a firm grip. I couldn’t lift anything over 5lbs without pain. I tried the exercise with the hammer and I have experienced some measure of relief.Most times after a night’s rest I do experience some pain and I still cannot lift anything even a pillow with my arm extended.

  79. Wayne B. on June 29th, 2011 11:03 pm

    How can I get rid of my tennis elbow

  80. ulupi on July 15th, 2011 10:59 am

    What stage I am at?
    My doctor said that my shoulder muscles have become weak so, when I lift anything the weight is comes on my elbow. Its abt. 4 months my elbow is paining especially it is more when I get up in the morning both my elbow joint pain a lot.

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  82. rigo on August 3rd, 2011 10:32 am

    Both my elbows hurt with a throbbing burning feeling. And fingers get numb.

  83. EUGENE on August 17th, 2011 3:47 am

    I have pain on my left elbow. I has no strenght when I did some grips or lifting things with normal weight. I’m a mechanical technician and I do frequently use force in my arms in my job. I went to a doctor and he made some x-rays and found everything normal on my elbow. Its almost four months now. Is this a tennis elbow..?.

  84. tenniselbowtips on August 17th, 2011 8:42 am

    Hi Eugene,

    Thanks for your comment.

    If you’ve noticed a decrease in grip strength, you are often fumbling or dropping things more often than before and the pain is located on the outside of your elbow – then there is a good chance that you have tennis elbow. Because it’s been four months, you probably don’t have any swelling or inflammation.

    I can’t say for sure that it is tennis elbow, only a medical doctor can diagnose you but based on what you’ve said and if your answer is Yes to the above questions then I would say that you are suffering from tennis elbow.

    All my best,

  85. ravi chakravarthy on September 4th, 2011 10:41 am

    Okay well wishers! I am quite happy with the attention given to a recurrent problem which comes and goes. I understand that Tennis Elbow has something to do with your nutrition intake like raw vegetables, greens that contain all the vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates required for strengthening the cells and nourishing the nerves and entire circulatory and muscular systems. Cold and Hot treatment works wonders for any internal pain by applying ice packs for about 2 weeks initially on the impact area and following it up with a massage of myovedic (ayurvedic) oil after 2 weeks treatment, then followed by a hot water bath to soothe the muscles. This process minimizes the pain and you are back to normal. Basic exercises like stretching the arm cross wise, backwards, upwards, etc will help relieve some pain but no cure. You have to live with it. In serious conditions, it is better to take an injection at the elbow bone to contain inflammation. During this process, you must not carry any weight on the affected hand for atleast 3 months till the pain subsides. Good luck folks and enjoy your life.

  86. Jill on September 14th, 2011 3:21 am

    Am not aware of any specific injury to my elbow but pain and soreness has increased gradually, most likely caused by computer use and texting I guess. Most of my pain happens after a movement rather than during it, though my grip is a little weaker than it was. Am finding the RICE principles very helpful and also the exercises, which I have just started, are helping enormously. Am hoping to aviod the painful experiences of my friend who has had injections and surgery to little avail, but did find your exercises useful. I am wondering which position is best to rest the elbow in, bent or straight? Both seem to cause pain when I come to move it again. It doesn’t keep me awake but, is more sore in the morning. Trying to use my left arm more is starting to cause problems there too, but on the inside joint not the outside. Perhaps it’s old age setting in early.

    Best wishes

  87. Mark on November 7th, 2011 12:08 pm

    I have tennis elbow in both arms, I am a plasterer and taking time off and resting is not an option, I can tolerate the pain in the left arm, but the right arm which I hold my trowel is a real problem, I wear arm bands when I work which help.
    If the advice for me is to rest and stop doing the activity which causes pain, Then I can’t follow that with being self employed.

  88. tenniselbowtips on November 9th, 2011 6:08 am

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your comment.

    The Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed system does not require you to quit the activities that caused your injury in the first place. In order to get results, you must make the commitment to follow the program as prescribed, otherwise like anything – it won’t work. The responsibility is with you to be proactive and stick to the program. Slow and steady wins the race!

    Best Regards,

  89. Mitch on November 27th, 2011 7:39 pm

    Thanks for all the tipes. I am doing better and better.. Hope now to make my elbow stronger..


  90. terry davis on December 6th, 2011 8:03 pm

    Actually, by doing the stretches and wearing the arm band I am a lot better, but I have had # 10 pain now # 2or 3

  91. tina jenkins on December 7th, 2011 3:22 am

    i have had pain in my elbow now 4 over 5months, my elbow is stiff ,dull constant ache,with shooting pain going up my arm,simple tasks are impossible,it keeps me awake during the night,i have had cortisone injections in my elbow ,it relived pain 4 short period ,but seems to come back with a vengance.,i am constantly at my doctors explaining how much pain i am in ,all he seems to say is rest and issuses me sick notes,i have now been off work 4 15 weeks ,and now face being dismissed from my job on grounds of cababilty .should my doctor be doing more ,i have asked to be referred to the hospital and i just get the same answer rest .

  92. tenniselbowtips on December 8th, 2011 3:12 am

    Hi Tina,

    Thank you for your comment.

    I sympathize with your situation as I know first hand how frustrating and debilitating this injury can be. I am not a doctor so I don’t want to go against what a medical professional advises BUT remember that most doctors don’t specialize in treating tennis elbow. It is my opinion that cortisone injections are simply a band aid solution that provide only temporary relief.

    If you’ve had tennis elbow now going on 4-5 months, there is strong possibility that your extensor tendon has degenerated. The only way to strengthen and build it back up is by performing specific tennis elbow exercises. Ensure that you are icing your arm at least twice a day for 10-15 minutes and keep your arm elevated about heart level, propped up on a pillow for at least 30 minutes a day.

    All my best

  93. Maxine on December 22nd, 2011 1:10 am

    My tennis elbow started as I didn’t hold my badminton raquet correctly. I have tried a couple of the exercises and at the moment it has reached a stage which does not get any worse or better.I haven’t tried to play badminton for three weeks but might give it a go in January. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being best, my pain is about 6 most of the time.

  94. Virendar on January 29th, 2012 11:30 am

    Hi, Thanks for the guidance and about exercises. I am doing the exercises and feeling much better.
    Warm regards

  95. Vivien - Vancouver on January 31st, 2012 10:44 pm

    Hello! Geoff,

    Thanks for mailing me all TE tips, My ultrasound summary reported that I am having Olecranon bursitis. I did not fall or bang on my elbow, may be it is caused by Arthritis. I still have a swelling bursa sac surround the indent of my right elbow. I cannot bend my elbow so that my right hand can touch my right shoulder. I can’t twist a door know, holding keys chain. I can’t straight out my right arm and when i let it hang downward, i feel the the heaviness and stiffness and pain on the tendon that run along the bottom of my arm. I cannot raise my right arm in front of me long, may be just about 30 secs and my right elbow feel weak, heavy and my shoulder tense up and feel like it want to protect the tendons thus I have to let go my arm down right away. I am 37 yrs old and my family dr told me i may need to get an injection to draw the fluids out. I m really scared of the side effects and worry it may come back again in the future. I have a painful elbow for 3 wks now and i iced it about 3 to 4 times a during the day but the size of the swelling area remains the same. The pain is still there but not as bad as the first day that it woke me up in the middle of the night. Do you think can give your program a try? Thanks- vivien

  96. sazali bin husenibhai on April 30th, 2012 9:05 am

    hi for ur info my right elbow the pain scale is 7/10 and for the left elbow is about 4/10 till now trying to carry things but unable to due to the strenght is getting weaker on the right hand for theleft hand getting better but still the pain will come back once i carry a heavy load such as groceries,etc.(and for your info every time after the injection when i carry some heavy things the pain will definitely come back after 2 weeks give up do not know what to do anymore please help

  97. randy on May 27th, 2012 11:37 pm

    Hi Geoff,
    1. Thanks for your concern.
    2 I had tennis elbow while playing golf about 6 months ago. Initially like all pains i ignored it & continued to play golf thinking it ‘ll go away. Pain got worse . Now I realise the best treatment is to rest( stop the offending activity ) till the pain subsides sufficiently to start gradually with the rubber ball squeezing exercise & elastic bands exercise. Cortisone ,steoroids,pain killers are only temporary reliefs— avoid if you can.

    3 Patience is recommended.
    God bless,
    Randy Sahoo

  98. Jure on July 8th, 2012 2:25 pm

    Got tennis elbow while playing golf 9 months ago. Ultrasound, laser and magnet treatment didnt work as did not 2 cortisone injections. Would like to try Geoff”s exercises but do not want to pay by CC. Can I use bank transfer, if yes I will need a bank account, swift code, account holder and exact bank and holder address.

    Best regards from Slovenia


  99. vinni on August 13th, 2012 7:39 am

    I got a tennis elbow pain while playing badminton last year July. After injection already recovery but recently my pain came back. Just like your said day & night even while sleeping. My right hand can to put straight & bend while sleeping.

    What should I need to do now. I much appreciated if you’d consul me about this tennis elbow pain…thanks…

  100. Ky Lan on August 23rd, 2012 2:24 am

    I do not know exactly which stage of tennis elbow i am suffering. It is painful sometimes and then not really painful. I can do most of the daily activities but not in comfortable way.

  101. machelle watts on September 20th, 2012 7:12 pm

    i have had this for like 4 months and my god does it hurt plus my back and neck pains i have the tennis elbow on both arms and its so swelling my right is bigger then my left,and the sucky thing is i dont have insurance it ended at first of the month what do i do …please help

  102. percy on September 27th, 2012 8:54 pm

    i am doing the things mentioned by you and am getting relief
    Also i thing that as my tennis elbow pain is in its initial stage hence i would get out of it soon
    would like to continue these exercises life long


  103. Doyice on February 24th, 2013 2:12 pm

    The pain came on suddenly, probably caused by using weight machines. I tried rest, ibupropin without help, got a cortisone shot which helped for a month or so, started back on weight machines, and pain quickly returned.

    I googles exercises, went to your site, tried a couple of exercises you sent and some more. Pain is gone, still doing exercises, a little discomfort during exercises, but no pain otherwise.

  104. Josh Jones on April 22nd, 2013 11:04 am

    I just want to make sure tennis elbow is what I have before I buy the book.. I’m right handed but the pain is in my left elbow. It started about 4-5you months ago. Pain is on the little bone on the outside of my elbow just above my elbow bone. The small bone is very very tender to the touch and it is hard and 3 times the size of the bone in my right arm. When I squeeze the pain stays only on that bone, but when I wake up in the morning my elbow all the way down my forearm is very tight to the point it takes 10you minutes or so before I can straighten it out all the way.. weird thing is when I lift weights it hurts for the first few sets then it eases up alot. Reverse curls and wrist curls are very painful. Regular curls and wrist curls are no problem.I am a new police officer and really want this gone please help…I also have seen a chiropractor and did adjustments, ultrasound, and cold laser but it didn’t do much good. He seemed to think it was a real bad case of tennis elbow. The large hardness of my bone is really what has me worried. Thanks for any information you can give me.

  105. tenniselbowtips on April 23rd, 2013 1:45 am

    Hi Josh,

    Thanks for the comment.

    It sounds like you have tennis elbow. Especially when you say that your arm is extremely stiff in the morning. That is a tell tale sign of tennis elbow. Basically what happens is that when you are sleeping, your forearm muscles are pulled tight as the extensor tendon is trying to repair and heal the tear.

    Also the tenderness on the outside of your elbow is also a common symptom of tennis elbow. I bet if you were to use a screwdriver, you would be in severe pain. Sounds like you have many of the classic signs.

    All my best

  106. Jade on June 8th, 2013 4:16 pm

    I have has tennis elbow for about 7 months now I’m in my late stages were I have has the cortisione injection ,the tablets, the elbow clasp and the cream none of it was working on me and now I’m starting physio theroapy! Surprisingly you would think I’m in my 40’s but I’m 17. I do photography at college and ever since I had my injection my hands have been very shakey! All I want is the operation so I know it’s done and other with! And it’s a few days of recovery but never again! The pains getting hard to bare! But time can only tell.

  107. Robert Roberts on June 9th, 2013 7:36 am

    I tried icing my elbow but it caused more swelling. My physio couldn’t figure it out. My family doc was equally mystified. He had tennis elbow years ago a iced a lot which helped him.

    Have you or anyone in this group had this reaction where icing increased swelling???

  108. Michelle Paris on October 9th, 2013 7:24 pm

    I noticed pain in my left elbow the day after I cleaned my refrigerator and stove. I couldn’t figure out why since I am a right handed person. Then I realized sometime back I was trying to use 10lbs dumbbells at the gym and realized that is probably what triggered it. Anyway I tried acupuncture and that has lessened the pain but I still get it. I usually notice it more in the evenings and the mornings. I think I’m in the early stages at this point. I don’t get bothered by it when I go to sleep(I hope I never do). I just want to get rid of it. I work with a trainer 4 times a month and I want to be able to do upper body workouts but I also don’t want to make it worse.

  109. Jeff on December 11th, 2013 6:10 am

    Hi, pain is “Total”. Cannot even pick up a carton of milk with my right arm. However am doing your stretching exercises for two days now. Will get back with the results.

  110. Jeff on December 11th, 2013 6:12 am

    Just wondering if anyone else has the same symptoms as myself. Started out with my elbow aching, dull pain, etc. Now, the pain seems to be going all the way up to my shoulder. Any comments ?

  111. Sohini on January 12th, 2014 11:05 am

    Hi Geoff,

    I have had a bad time since november, with constant pain & I was unable to pick up even a bottle of water. Thanks to your tips, feeling better now. I never thought that such simple exercises would do wonders. Thanks a lot!

  112. Carey on March 21st, 2014 6:58 pm

    I have had 3 cortisone injections (the last one on March 7 and mild discomfort remains) and the pain returns about 3 months after each one. My symptoms are: pain when pressing down with my fingers, opening doors, holding coffee cups and glasses, can’t straight arm out all the way, pain at night, swelling in forearm and hand, pain in back of hand and when shaking hands. I use ice on a regular basis as well as OTC anti-inflammatory meds. Dr. says if pain persists, I will need an MRI to check the damage (and I know what is next if he sees something). I have tried some exercises and the pain immediately comes back very intensely. I don’t play sports. I got it from my work (I’m a dentist), so I can’t really “stop doing what causes it” and I don’t want to have to have surgery. As I am typing this message, it really is bothering me. Help!

  113. tony on April 9th, 2014 10:18 am

    lots of pain and not much strength.

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