AMTA #10445

Clare Caldwell
Massage Therapy
2864 Route 27 Suite C
Lincoln Professional Center
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


So You Want To Play Tennis? Beware of the Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is the #1 ailment of the upper body. Of the 35 million regular tennis players, more than 12 million are afflicted with this condition. Tennis elbow is caused by excessive strain on the muscles of the forearm, which attach to the elbow. These muscles produce forward and backward movement at the wrist. The pain is usually slightly below the elbow attachments. But the pain can radiate into the forearm too.

Tennis players suffer from two types of tennis elbow:

  • Backhand tennis elbow, common in novice or weekend players, comes from hitting backhand strokes incorrectly.

  • Forearm tennis elbow, common in professional players. I have treated plumbers, mechanics, surgeons, bowlers, pitchers and factory workers with tennis elbow.

Tennis Elbow Care

  • REST - Stop anything that irritates it for 2 to 6 weeks. Continue rest for 2 weeks after you no longer feel pain.

  • ICE - Put an ice pak on area for 20 minutes or rub an ice cube over the area for about 10 minutes or until numbness. Then gently move wrist and elbow. Do this 4 times per day.

  • DOCTOR - Check with your doctor as to when you may begin playing tennis.

  • MASSAGE - Grasp, squeeze, compress and knead your entire forearm to relax the muscle and increase the circulation.

  • PREVENTION - Seek professional lessons. Do strengthening exercises for shoulder, arm and forearm. Use a light flexible racquet with correct string tension. Stop, before you are too fatigued.