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I remember as if it just happened yesterday.
Walking with my head down, low self-esteem and my right elbow in severe pain
I entered my Doctor’s office.
Knowing that no good could come from this, I was prepared for the worst.
He was quick to diagnose me and explained that I had tennis elbow.
I was not surprised because I had done some quick research online as to what could be the root cause of my elbow pain.
But I wanted it to be confirmed.
Perhaps you are now in the same situation?
You are suffering from pain on the outer part of your elbow and
You want an explanation as to how and why this could have happened to you.
Especially when you don’t even play tennis!
Am I right?
Besides showing you exactly what you can do right now to help eliminate your elbow pain once and for all
I’m going to go through the 5 w’s and explain each one of them to you and what it means for your tennis elbow recovery.
1) Who gets tennis elbow?
You can develop this repetitive strain injury at any age.
But from a demographic perspective, you are more likely to get it if you are male between the ages of 30 and 55.
2) When are you most likely to get it?
If you frequently perform actions and movements of your forearm that involve extension of your wrist, then you are basically a ticking time bomb.
Even something as innocent as typing on a keyboard for 6 to 8 hours a day, is repetitive enough to cause an injury such as tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow is not an injury where you wake up one morning and all of a sudden have tennis elbow.
Here’s what you must understand:
It just doesn’t happen like that.
It’s all about the repetitive extension of your wrist and how often you do it though out your daily routine.
If you are constantly gripping, squeezing or lifting objects, then consider yourself in the high risk category.
If you are still not sure, here is a quick test you can take for tennis elbow that takes 30 seconds or less.
3) What is tennis elbow?
The definition of tennis elbow is pain, tenderness and inflammation on the lateral side of your elbow where your forearm extensor muscles attach to the common extensor tendon at your elbow.
I know that is a mouthful – isn’t it?
The term itself is a little misleading for the simply fact that so many people suffer from it and don’t even play the sport.
Here’s the thing:
Only five percent of diagnosed tennis elbow injuries come from tennis players.
So where are the other 95 percent coming from?
Everyone from the computer programmer, data entry person, to construction workers, to athletes to pretty much anyone who works day and day out with their hands.
4) Where in the elbow are you most affected?
Tennis elbow affects the outside of your elbow and never the inside.
What happens is that your lateral extensor tendon starts to break down and unravel like an old rope.
When you continue doing the movements and actions that caused your condition in the first place, this is when your pain kicks into another gear.
If you search on the outside of your elbow, there is a small bony part that sticks out.
This is the lateral epicondyle of your elbow.
This where your lateral extensor tendon attaches to your forearm extensor muscles.
You can go over here for another explanation about tennis elbow.
5) Why do you get tennis elbow?
For the majority of people reading this article, this is not such an obvious answer.
In many cases, if you have weak forearm extensor muscles, this can result in a case of tennis elbow.
But the absolute, most common reason as to why you get it is because if doing repetitive extension of your wrist.
And usually all the while holding an object in your hand.
For example, look at a construction worker who uses tools such as hammers and screwdrivers all day long.
In order to drive home a nail, he requires a tight grip on the handle of the hammer.
With each strike of the nail, he must increase his grip and swing harder to drive the nail in further.
This puts extreme strain on the forearm extensor muscles, not to mention the vibration that is sent to all of the structures of the forearm and elbow with each strike.
Another innocent enough example would be a Dentist or Dental hygenist.
Although their profession doesn’t sound like it could cause such a serious injury such as tennis elbow, they are considered high risk.
For the simple fact and reason that they hold small tools in their hands which require extreme grip and hold.
Then they have to be precise with each poke and scrape with their tool.
Over time this causes elbow pain and discomfort.
Eventually leading to tennis elbow.
As you can see, this condition is much more common than you think and
It can really take anyone down at anytime…
Regardless of your profession or intensity of your arm movements.
But here’s the thing…
Just because you have tennis elbow, you don’t need to throw in the towel and give up on everything
Or even worse
Consider changing careers or using some vacation time because
Your elbow pain is really that bad!
Because you can continue doing what caused your injury in the first place IF
You are willing to implement 5 really simple steps while sitting on your couch in the evening.
I bet you are shocked to hear this.
Yes – you can completely cure your tennis elbow at home without having to take out your 401K to pay for medical treatment.
If you are serious about finally taking charge of your recovery and want to be empowered by healing quickly from the comfort of your couch
Click on the button below
Where a shot video will tell you exactly how to get started and what your very first step should be.
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Because the sooner you get started, the less damage you will do to the structures of your elbow which means
The quicker you can recover.
is the author of Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed which has been teaching individuals how to overcome their tennis elbow injury at home since 2005 with over 1,767,986 copies sold.
He is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Exercise Rehab Specialist based in Vancouver, BC, Canada