Any use stretch as a cure for tennis elbow?

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  1. brownbearfalling

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    After the last few times I've played, my elbow started hurting. Stretching makes it feel a lot better. so i started stretch impulsively about 5 times a day at various times during the day even when I'm not playing.

    Does stretching cure tennis elbow for anyone else?
     
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  2. princemidplus

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    i definitely recommend stretches to my patients with tennis elbow problems. heat also helps although that is not as easy to do when you are not at home. massage may help too.
     
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    Also try squeezing a low-compression ball to work the forearm muscles with finger flexions. You can also do some finger extension exercises by using a rubber band. When I had TE, I would wear a rubber band around my wrist. Periodically, thru-out the day, I would slip the rubber band down to my fingernails and perform some finger extensions.
     
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    Is there a rationale for the stretching, or just a lack of any other idea about what to do?
     
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    Exactly what kind of stretch are we discussing, anyway? I mean, how do you stretch your elbow?
     
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    I do not believe that it prevents it. It is used to improve function and prevent re-injuring the tendons. Since TE is a repetitive stress (overuse) injury, you should probably not overdo the stretching when the TE pain or inflammation is really bad. RICE should be the initial treatment, Stretching comes a bit later.


    It's not the elbow joint itself that needs stretching. It is forearm muscles & tendons that are stretched. For TE, the tendons that attach some of the forearm muscles to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow have been compromised. (For GE, it's tendons that attach to the medial epicondyle). Note that the initial treatment phase of TE (and other inflammations) is RICE.

    Phase 2 includes stretching & strengthening - to return to function and to prevent re-occurrence. Check out Marius' (sticky) thread at the top of this forum for the treatment of TE and GE. To get you started on stretches & exercises, check out the following:

    www.NISMAT.org/ptcor/tennis_elbow


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  7. PowerServe

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    Great info... once your pain subsides a bit, you might want to try these 2 exercises. They worked wonders for me. It might help it immediately, but even so, it would still be a good idea to keep it up for a few weeks every other day or so.

    Video 1: Tennis Elbow Exercise Cure

    Video 2: Exercises Tennis Elbow
     
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