Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tennis Elbow Prevention

Prevention of lateral epicondylitis includes:

  • Warm up properly before exercise.
  • Stretch after exercise.
  • Perform forearm strengthening exercises.

Tennis Elbow Forearm Exercises
  • Rest the forearm on a table so that your hand and wrist extend over the edge of the table.
  • Your palm should be facing toward the floor.
  • Start with no more than a 1-pound weight in your hand. As strength increases, weight can increase.
  • Lower and raise the weight slowly by flexing and extending the wrist. Make sure that your forearm is performing all the work.
  • Repeat 12 times, rest for one minute, and then repeat 12 more times.
  • Do not perform this exercise if it causes you pain.
  • This exercise should not be performed until pain has resolved.

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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