10 Best Tennis Elbow Exercises & Stretches – Ask Doctor Jo

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Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammation on the outside of the elbow. It often comes from an overuse injury. This video shows you my favorite stretches & exercises for tennis elbow. Buy a printable worksheet with the Tennis Elbow treatments in this video here: https://www.askdoctorjo.com/purchase-tennis-elbow-exercises-stretches-worksheet

To start off, soft tissue mobilization (STM) can be very beneficial for tennis elbow. This is not rubbing the area, but you are actually mobilizing or moving the tissue around to help break up adhesions and scar tissue.

Next stretching the inside and outside of the elbow helps. Wrist extensor stretches and wrist flexor stretches will help loosen up the area. Stretches in general can be done with a 30 second hold, 3 times.

Then working on AROM and strengthening for wrist extension, radial/ulnar deviation, and pronation/supination will help decrease the inflammation and improve motion.

Finally a towel twist is a great way to strengthen the muscles as well.

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HAMAYAT Khan says:

I have elbow pain for 1 year i am fast bowler first i am doing fastest bowlling but in the reasonof pain i am losing my speed day by day and i am losing my hope because in every over i will giving 20 to 30 rins because i am not ablee to do best bowlling because elbow pain pray for me 😭😭😭😭

dotJPG says:

Hi Dr Jo, one thing I've always wondered when trying to recover from this injury is how much tension/squeeze should you be using with these exercises? Should you just let the weight do the work or should you be squeezing/tensing your arm when doing them to engage the muscles?

Amy Evans says:

Thank you for the breadth of exercises and I like that you showed to start off with lighter weights/soup cans. Fingers crossed on a speedy recovery with the help of these exercises.

Dipankur Bodwal says:

I got tennis elbow on both side its really difficult to get work done but trying your exercise and i hope to get it fixed pls also suggest how not to get in this situation in future i hate when i cant get my work done on time

Slanc says:

Are you supposed to shake and hear clicking noises while doing these?

Rosemarie says:

Thank you Dr. Jo, Really appreciate you and your knowledge and your willingness to share. Blessings!!!

Tracy Bailey says:

What a wonderful and easy to follow instructional video! You made it very entertaining with your pleasant personality, and of course, your pup! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this!

Salma Khalid says:

Just tried this first time and will see how i get on..how many reps?

Stu Simone Real Estate says:

Thank you for this, I got tennis elbow from working at my desk using the trackball, so I can’t just stop working! So I really needed this! 👏💪👍

zack op says:

i suffer in my arm . i did the exercise time 3:05 . wow it was a very quick Heal ✔
Thank You So Much . ¯_(ツ)_/¯ ¯_(◔‿◔)_/¯ ¯_(◠‿◠)_/¯ Thanks

Thomas from Denmark says:

Nice, but how many reps and how many sets and how often should you do it???

d0ct0rcolossus says:

Hey Jo. I fell off my skateboard many years ago at high speed and landed on my palms. I think I injured one of the radial ligaments, because I feel a click there when I pronate. Several months ago I fell off my bike and re-injured it. Everything functions, but sometimes (not always) after doing a set of pull-ups it swells up so I have limited flexion for 2-3 days and can't or almost can't touch my hand to its shoulder. Do you think any of these exercises would help, or do you have any other videos with exercises which might help me rebuild stability of that joint? Thank you!

susmita mitra says:

Hi Doctor Jo,I have several issues with my spine including annular tear. Currently I am stuck in pain with bilateral tennis elbow. I chanced upon your video and now i have no words to thank you enough.Peace and Joy to you and viewers. From India.
Of course subscribed

CinnaBear21 says:

Thank you for this video! I believe I have tennis elbow, but this helped with the pain!

Prerna Kohli says:

Hi doctor..do I need to buy any forearm streching exerciser to be relieved of tennis elbow pain.

Rory says:

Thanks Dr Jo,
I’m a Landscape Gardener and have developed tennis elbow from using blowers, brush cutters & hedge trimmers all day everyday. These exercises have helped me so much. All the best from Australia

Machine Racer says:

Thank you Dr. Jo, watching this video alone already relieved my elbow pain quite a bit but I will do the exercises for sure. It was a lot of pain I had.

Jeannette Forget says:

How many repeats shall I do for each and how often?

Kevin Cowan says:

How often should these be done with tennis elbow ???

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