Curing Your Tennis Elbow Fast Does Not Have to be Costly or Complicated
I bet you are relieved to hear this!
Sadly Doctors are quick to recommend that their patients swallow anti-inflammatory pills every 3-4 hours to help with the pain.
And to compound the problem, they are also advising patients to head over to their local pharmacy and purchase an elbow brace or strap, again for pain control and wear it whenever you are using your injured arm for activities that make your pain worse.
Take it easy and totally immobilize your arm with an elbow brace.
Am I right?
This is simply poor advice as well as a complete waste of time and money that can actually result in the tear in your extensor tendon becoming larger, resulting in more pain and suffering.
Sure popping pills will help with pain relief but you are more likely to return to activities that aggravate your condition because you don’t feel the pain in your elbow when you are medicated.
Can you say disaster!
What about the effectiveness of wearing an elbow strap or brace that cuts off the blood supply to your arm?
I must say that this is makes no sense at all because …
Wearing an elbow support for up to 8 hours a day restricts blood flow to your damaged muscles and tendons.
How are they supposed to heal without a healthy supply of oxygen and nutrient rich blood?
Tennis elbow injuries happen at the extensor tendon and blood flow to tendons is low to begin with.
It’s simply plain stupid to decrease blood flow with an elbow brace when you really need to increase it!
Ok, let’s get to the top 7 steps on how to cure your tennis elbow fast:
1. Avoid the injections and shots.
If your Doctor recommends cortisone shots for tennis elbow, run out of the room as quickly as possible.
The truth you really need to hear and know is that these marketed “quick-fix” injections are only effective and provide pain relief for 4-6 weeks.
If the injections are not done properly, your tendon could actually die.
2.RICE, RICE baby.
Rest, ice, compress and elevate your arm.
When at home in the evening, wrap your arm in a towel and prop it up on a pillow.
3. Implement simple stretches.
Stretching for tennis elbow is free, safe and easy to do at anytime.
By doing these every other day, you will be helping improve the flexibility in your affected arm and decrease any stiffness you maybe experiencing.
The picture above is the prayer stretch for tennis elbow.
4. Apply heat to your elbow.
Heat helps improve blood flow to your injured muscles and tendons.
Get yourself a hot water bottle or one of those sand/rice heating bags that you can put in your microwave and heat up.
Apply to your elbow twice a day for 10 minute intervals.
5. Give yourself a massage.
6. Don’t stop doing what you are doing.
So if you got tennis elbow from playing, don’t give it up altogether.
Simply cut back on the number of times per week you play and the number of sets you play.
It has been proven that individuals who continue doing what caused their tennis elbow but slow it down or cut back on the amount of time they do it, respond better to home treatment than those who avoid using their arm altogether.
7. Get started with forearm extensor strengthening exercises ASAP!
When it comes to curing tennis elbow, this is the step that most people skip and overlook.
You’d like for me to tell you that when it comes to a full and complete recovery from tennis elbow, a magic wand can be waved and your condition would be cured and healed but
You certainly don’t have to take out a second mortgage to get over your injury.
And this certainly applies to repetitive strain injuries such as tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow experts will tell you that the most effective way to overcome your tennis elbow injury is by doing exercises that really go after and address the weakness in your forearm extensor muscles and tendons.
There is no way you can avoid the fact and figures that steer you in the face that there is very little chance that you can make a full recovery from tennis elbow without doing exercises.
Study after study has shown that strengthening the tendons in your elbow and trying to thicken them is flat-out the best way to stop your pain and ensure that your tennis elbow go aways for good.
So there you have the top 7 steps on how to cure your tennis elbow fast without the expense.