Tennis Elbow: Stretches and Strengthening Exercises

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Tennis Elbow: Stretches and Strengthening Exercises

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Follow instructions from your physiotherapist or other health professional for stretching and strengthening exercises.

Stretching exercises are controlled stretches that prevent tennis elbow stiffness and tendon shortening. Gently bend, straighten, and rotate your wrist. If you have increasing pain, slow down or stop the exercises.

After the pain has decreased and your flexibility has improved, you may do strengthening exercises with light hand weights that are less than 1 kg (2 lb). Weights can be increased gradually.

A rowing machine (ergometer) can simultaneously stretch and strengthen the muscle around the elbow. Consult a sports trainer or physiotherapist before using a rowing ergometer; improper form can cause back or neck strain.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Last Revised March 23, 2011

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