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Understanding Tennis Elbow and How to Treat It (excerpt)

A simple, home-based eccentric exercise can alleviate the symptoms of this condition

By Phil Page PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Exercises can alleviate tennis elbow.
Exercises can alleviate tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow is a common condition characterized by lateral elbow pain. Although it is known as "tennis elbow," it is not usually associated with actually playing tennis; tennis elbow can affect people performing repetitive upper-body activities such as carpenters, musicians, and gardeners. Fortunately, there is evidence that a specific type of resistive exercise may be effective at reducing symptoms of tennis elbow [1, 2]. The exercise involves "eccentric" contractions, muscle contractions that occur as the muscle is lengthening.


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