Tennis pain is caused by an injury to the tendons that are attached to the elbow joint. These tendons are intrinsically linked with the movements of the wrist by bands of connective tissue and therefore excessive strain placed on the wrist and forearm aggravates the connective tissues like tendons and ligaments present in the elbow joint and cause tennis pain.

A number of conditions can cause tennis pain. For instance arthritis in the elbow involves damage to the connective tissues resulting in an extreme pain when you move the joint. Other conditions affecting the elbow may also cause pain but can be usually remedied with some localized treatment protocols.

The tennis pain is usually felt on the outer edges of the elbow joint and may be felt for hours on end if you do not take steps to lessen the pain. The muscles of the wrist and fingers come from the forearm where they are linked by a common tendon with the bones in the elbow. Therefore, repeated gripping activity can cause inflammation around the tendon in the elbow joint resulting in tennis pain. Pain is also felt in the inside of the elbow and the inner forearm.

The prominent bone on the outside of the arm in the elbow region has a tendon and when this becomes inflamed it leads to problems like tennis pain. Most cases of tennis pain clear up after a period of rest while using mild painkillers and there is no long term damage. The medical practitioner may prescribe anti inflammatory drugs or in severe cases a steroid injection may have to be administered into the tendon. Sometimes surgery may be required to separate the tendon from the bone and relocate it.

The best way to treat tennis pain is by finding out the activity that causes the pain and avoiding it if possible. If you cannot avoid the activity, you should use protective equipment so that the tendons in the elbow and wrist are protected.

Strength training routines should be performed using any object of a suitable weight like holding bottles of water, tins of food etc. This will help your muscles and connective tissues in the elbow and wrist grow stronger and keep the elbow joint in good condition and help you to avoid tennis pain. Taking rest in between activities reduces the pressure on your hand and helps you avoid tennis pain.


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