Been lifting hard since then. No brace, no creams, no pain relievers, no holding back. My left arm that had the tennis elbow is just as strong and pain free as my right. Talk to your doctor and look into Astym and give it a try. My sports med doctor sent me to this treatment and it worked wonders for my tennis elbow.
I'm mostly over my case of tennis elbow (it will flair up once a month or so now). It took me a very long time to be able to workout pain free (~18 months). When i first hurt it I took 3 months off of upper body exercises as it was way to tender to do any exercises that were not legs and core.
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I recently had a bout of tennis elbow. It's 90% healed now. Here's what I learned: Get a theraband flexbar and perform the prescribed exercises. Ice the elbow after each use for about 20 min. Relax your hands as much as possible while lifting. Don't unnecessarily squeeze the bar. Grip it firmly when needed, but do not squeeze.
The most common causes of elbow pain are overuse injuries. People use their elbow's when participating in many sports that involve throwing and/or swinging e.g. Cricket ,Tennis etc. These activities often involve repetitive motions of the wrist, elbow, and shoulder, which can lead to extra strain and stress being placed on these muscle groups.
Treatment. Tennis elbow often gets better on its own. But if over-the-counter pain medications and other self-care measures aren't helping, your doctor may suggest physical therapy. Severe cases of tennis elbow may require surgery. Therapy
2. Attempt to reduce repetitive hand and arm movements when possible. 3. Wear a tennis elbow strap during sports and activities that use the same arm movements over and over. 4. Use racquets, gardening tools, etc. with larger handles to reduce strain. 5. Ask a coach to help with your form during sports like tennis.