An Overview of Tennis Elbow

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Keefe Gorman has nearly three decades of experience as an advisor with prominent financial institutions such as Merrill Lynch. Beyond his financial activities with Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman enjoys staying physically active by playing tennis.

Though not exclusive to tennis players, tennis elbow ranks as one of the most common injuries tennis players suffer. Tennis elbow is the colloquial term used to describe lateral epicondylitis, a condition characterized by pain in muscles and tendons around the elbow. The condition is brought about not only by overuse of the forearm but by repetitive motions made by the hand and arm, making tennis players particularly vulnerable.

Tennis elbow can begin either as a symptom of a sudden injury or as a long-developing standalone condition. The lateral epicondyle, the area of the arm where muscles and tendons meet the bony exterior of the elbow, is typically the source of discomfort, with symptoms generally originating in the dominant arm.

All types of athletes suffer from tennis elbow, though the malady is more commonly seen in nonathletes. Fewer than 5 percent of tennis elbow cases involve actual tennis players. That said, the condition is prevalent in the tennis community, with an estimated 50 percent of tennis players experiencing the problem at some point in their careers.

Unfortunately for tennis players and other athletes, the primary treatment for overuse injuries is simply resting the impacted area. Before or after a bout of tennis elbow, players should consult a trusted coach or physical trainer. There are various technical adjustments players can make to put less stress on the lateral epicondyle and exercises that can strengthen the area.


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