Help for Tennis Elbow

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Hi, I'm Dr. Wright, are you an aspiring Venus Williams or Andy Marren? Tennis is a great exercise that burns up to 600 calories an hour. But I see a lot of patients with tennis elbow. That's a common over use syndrome caused by inflamed tendons, and the more you play, the more likely you'll get it.

Here's how to stay in the game, stay off the court until the inflammation subsides. Take aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve the pain and help temper the inflammation, use ice massage to speed healing. If that's not enough, your doctor may suggest steroid injections once your elbow is better, here's how to keep problems from coming back.

Ask your tennis pro to show you how to return the ball with less stress on your elbow. Also ask if you need a smaller stiffer racket or a different grip size. Have an experienced trainer or physical therapists teach you exercise to strengthen your arms by using light weights. Finally, always warm up before hitting the court.

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