Tennis Elbow Treatment

Quick tips to get rid of tennis elbow:

  • Loosen the strings in your tennis racket
  • Consider changing to a more flexible tennis racket
  • Wear a tennis elbow support
  • Ice your elbow for 15 minutes right after you play
  • Consider taking anti-inflammatory medication (ask your doctor)
  • Rest your elbow

Keep in mind the reason you have tennis elbow is most likely because you have an imbalance or weakness somewhere else in your body. You are compensating for this weakness by making your elbow work much harder than is has to. To cure tennis elbow, you must figure out where the weaknesses and limitations are through-out your whole body and not just focus on the muscles and connective tissue in your elbow. Once you know where the limitations are, than you can start a tennis elbow treatment program that integrates the whole body as well as isolates the muscle and tendons in the elbow. Refer to my video Tennis Elbow Treatment for help with the exercise program.

Quick outline of the integrated and isolated exercise program for tennis elbow:

  • Squat with rotation
  • Stationary lunge with rotation
  • Stepping lunge with rotation
  • Wrist flexion and extension
  • Wrist pro-nation and super-nation
  • Stepping backhand lunge with resistance band

Start off easy; one set 10 slow reps (up for 2 seconds and down for 5 seconds for isolated exercises)  per exercise. Work up to two sets 20 reps per exercise three days per week. Watch the video for a complete demonstration of the tennis elbow program. It also addresses the most common limitations I have seen over the years that lead to tennis elbow.

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Best – Mike Cola

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5 Responses to “Tennis Elbow Treatment”

  1. To prevent teenis elbow, it would be best to do some stretching or warm up before the game. Aside from that, it would be a great protection to wear tennis elbow support.

  2. Hi Mike,
    Just a quick note to say that I watched your video and have used several of the exercises together with stretches and it’s been really helpful.
    Thank you very much
    Alistair

  3. Strange you just posted this article, I was just on my way out the door to hit some balls around to exercise my dog.

    My sister got tennis elbow a few years ago, and the doctors ended up giving her steroids to try and fix the problem. Too bad she didn’t have your advice back then 🙂

  4. Just watched your video on how to treat tennis elbow, I recently contracted it after 27 years of playing…my question is how soon should I begin the exercises you suggest in this video. Should I rest, ice and treat with anti-inflammatory meds for a few weeks first to reduce pain and inflammation and then start exercises or should I begin exercises right away? Thanks

  5. I would wait and reduce pain first….rest and ice.

    Best – Mike