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Simple Solution For Tennis Elbow
Have you ever suffered from tennis elbow? I've had it a few times over the years and I can tell you that it is absolutely brutal! It is one of the most painful, debilitating and nagging sports injuries that I have ever experienced and apparently it is also one of the most common.
Tennis elbow is the inflammation or degeneration of the wrist-extensor tendon that connects to the elbow. It is most often an overuse injury and not only affects tennis players but golfers, plumbers, mechanics, painters and anyone else that uses their wrists and forearms extensively. Tennis elbow causes the tendon to weaken, it can be very painful and is quite easy to re-aggravate because the average person flexes and extends their forearms many times throughout the day.
Treatments for tennis elbow include acupuncture, deep tissue massage, corticosteroid shots and even surgery but all have had limited success in the past. Researchers at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City have recently announced that they have developed an easy, effective and very inexpensive treatment for chronic tennis elbow. The scientists put together a group of test subjects who all suffered from tennis elbow and had them try a choreographed routine using a ribbed, 8 inch rubber bar called the Thera-Band Flexbar.
The simple routine focuses on eccentric contractions all along the forearm which causes the damaged tendon to become less thick and helps to relieve the painful symptoms associated with ailment. I've attached a video below so you can see how easy the movement pattern is and is it really does work as well as they claim it does, it would be well worth the investment.
Sports Medicine article by Ben on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 6:37:28 PM EST