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What is tennis elbow?
Elbow tendinitis, medically dubbed lateral epicondylitis, is commonly referred to as tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is “a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse,” according to an article on Ortho Info. Pain occurs on the outside of the elbow, as explained by 4Arm Strong founder Lee Ramage.
What is golfer’s elbow?
Similar to tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow causes pain in the tendons that connect to the elbow. However, as an article by the Mayo Clinic clarifies, the main difference is that golfer’s-elbow pain is localized to the inner elbow, whereas tennis-elbow pain is localized to the outer elbow. According to an article by Sports Injury Clinic, golfer’s elbow is medically termed medial epicondylitis.
Physiologically, how and why do tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow happen?
Tennis elbow occurs when the tendons that connect the forearm to the outer elbow become inflamed due to overuse. An article by OrthoInfo explains that the repetitive motions that utilize the forearm muscles exacerbate the symptoms, which include pain in the outer elbow and weak grip strength. The elbow joint becomes irritated when overused, resulting in the ever-painful tennis elbow, as explained in a recent article in Medical News Today.
Similarly, as an article on the Mayo Clinic website details, golfer’s elbow “is caused by damage to the muscles and tendons that control your wrist and fingers. The damage is typically related to excess or repeated stress — especially forceful wrist and finger motions.”
How common are tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow?
Unfortunately, both tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are relatively common. The Mayo Clinic estimates approximately 200,000 cases of each injury per year in the U.S.; thus, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow affect a significant portion of the population.
Are tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow unique only to those who play tennis or golf?
Although the colloquial name for elbow tendonitis may suggest it is unique to tennis players, many other sports and activities can cause tennis elbow. The same is true for golfer’s elbow. In fact, many tennis players get golfer’s elbow, and vice versa.
Activities such as golf and racquetball, and even overuse in non-athletic activities, can contribute to the development of tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. As Lee Ramage mentions, “weightlifting, CrossFit, rock climbing or simply working with your hands are all common causes of tennis elbow.” In fact, an article by the Mayo Clinic says, “People who have jobs that involve repetitive motions of the wrist and arm are more likely to develop tennis elbow. Examples include plumbers, painters, carpenters, butchers and cooks.”
According to an article on OrthoInfo, “The symptoms are often worsened with forearm activity, such as holding a racquet, turning a wrench, or shaking hands.”
As for golfer’s elbow, the Mayo Clinic warns that the pain might worsen when you “swing a golf club or racket, squeeze or pitch a ball, shake hands, turn a doorknob, lift weights, pick up something with your palm down or flex your wrist.”
What are the treatment options for tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow?
Some at-home treatments for tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow include plenty of rest, hydration and ice, while more-intensive treatments include tissue massage, muscle stimulation, physical therapy, steroid injection or even surgery, according to Medical News Today.
If at-home treatments are no longer effective, or they are just temporary, use the 4Arm Strong to alleviate the painful symptoms of tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow.
How does 4Arm Strong treat tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow?
As Ramage explains, a part of the cause of the pain is due to the the shortening of the tissue below the elbow. The 4Arm Strong pins the forearm muscles in the shortest tissue position and pushes them in the opposite direction of the forearm stretch. The aided stretch lengthens the muscles, which prevents the tendons from pulling farther from the elbow. There are no stretches for Tennis Elbow that are effective without the 4Arm Strong. The Golfer’s Elbow stretch, which is a typical forearm flexor stretch, results in limited results without the 4Arm Strong.
The 4Arm Strong is recommended for daily use to lengthen the muscles, relieve pain and promote healing.