How to Fix Tennis Elbow (PERMANENTLY!)

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If you have tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis as it is officially known, you know one thing – it hurts and you’d likely do anything you could to stop if. In this video, I’m going to show you the best way to fix tennis elbow pain once and for all by actually continuing to workout rather than stopping all together, which is never really the optimal solution to any orthopedic inflammatory issue.

When we talk about tennis elbow, we are talking about the pain that radiates from a specific spot on the top side or outside of the elbow whenever we reach to pick something up or hold something with a palms down grip. This spot is where many of the extensor tendons of the wrist converge and attach. The issue with this group of muscles is that they are very weak and unable to handle a significant load on their own, when unsupported by the muscles that are supposed to contribute to making their job in function easier.

The irony is that many of the tennis elbow injuries don’t come from playing tennis. The backhand stroke in tennis is the one that requires a forceful extension of the wrist at the moment of striking the ball that powerfully drives it towards your opponent. That said, this is not ever going to be as strong as it could be if you are leaving these weaker muscles on their own to produce maximal force.

Well, as is almost always the case, the mechanics that are out of whack when the tennis stroke goes awry carry over to the gym as well. The same things that are lacking on the court can play out in the weight room that lead to almost immediate aggravation of these tendons in weightlifters. Keep in mind, while this is known as an overuse injury it should probably be more properly termed an overtaxing issue.

This exercise is almost always the side lateral or front dumbbell raise for shoulders. It pains me to say it because this is one of my all time favorite exercises for building up bigger middle delts and shoulders in general.

When performing a side lateral raise you can either use a weight that is challenging but attainable to complete 10-12 repetitions, one that is lighter than what would normally be used here or one that is even heavier than usual but relies on body swing and momentum to get the weight up. I’d argue that the worst weight to use here is the one in the middle. This is because it often times exceeds the isometric strength capacity of the wrist extensors.

Instead, as I’ve advised countless times on this channel, choosing the light dumbbells for strict form side lateral raises is the only way to go. Incorporating additional intensity techniques like slow motion reps and one and a half reps is going to help equalize the load and take a weight that may be too light and create an overload that is appropriate for causing muscle growth.

The exercise that does this better than any other? The kettlebell swing.

That’s right. The swing allows you to progressively and gradually load the muscles that are being subjected to too much isolated load right now and incorporate the muscles that are supposed to be assisting in the first place.

Start with a two arm swing (one being the injured arm and the other being the healthy one that can serve to spot the other through the initial recovery). Perform sets of 30-50 swings at a time with a light to moderate weight. This should be performed as 2-3 sets two to three times per week. As you are able to handle more, you can either increase the weight of the kettlebell or shift to a slightly lighter kettlebell but hold it with just one hand rather than two and perform the same movement.

Also, you can offset the load by swinging it to one side rather than straight down the middle. The key benefit here is that you turn the exercise from a sagittal plane driven exercise into a transverse plane exercise as well. This will help to load up the hips into rotation for additional power recruitment and further blend every day function into the ultimate demands of the forearm extensors.

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Canberra Soft Tissue Therapy Restore Muscle Therapy says:

I love your work Jeff. Thank you for your knowledgeable videos

Mark Tulay says:

How many kilo???

Sa’qitie’j-Dragonfly says:

I have torn rotators in both shoulders. Can that cause it. I actually can’t raise to the side because of these injuries. They told me I need surgery and I refuse. I’ve seen it go wrong for people and it freaks me out.

Lexi Bee says:

I got tennis elbow from too much crocheting. I can't wait to try this exercise to get some relief. Thank you for the video

Skoopy Elias says:

This made it worse

patrick curran says:

Excellent advice, thank you!

1188 Music says:

I hav this tennis elbow problem these exercises will loose this ? Please reply

Eskimo Elakari says:

I hate when doctors say not to work it out. Working it out is how mine went away 🙏🙏🙏

Venom GT72 says:

Whats a good weight to use

Gary Windham says:

OMG It works , Thank you so much

Omer The Magnificent オマラー says:

Full of crap

Memphis Reines says:

So what if you can't lift anything because of the pain, then what? Like in my case i got it from curling dumbbells and now im at full stop because i can't lift anything with that arm. So now what?

Brandon Buckley says:

Can tennis elbow get so severe my fingers start to go numb. I had shoulder surgery back 4-5 months ago but I’ve always had really bad tennis elbow and honestly man. I’m tired of it now. Gets in the way of work and life. Please get back to me everyone tells me there’s no solution for this. I’m only 24 years old

cecilia E, davis says:

I have hard this problem tennis elbow for about five years, never received INFORMATION like yours. I worked on it while you were demonstrating. Thank you

Shekari Gaming says:

I don’t have a kettle bell so I can’t do this. I guess I will have to live with pain in my elbow.

Krisxxn says:

My dude. I have tennis elbow because I’m a sedentary illustrator (I mean, I exercise sometimes, but I wasn’t sure I was the target audience for this). I’m happy to say I just did these exercises and even just once my arm feels better. I can’t believe I never thought to work out my arms to fix this issue. It seems so obvious now!

I’m going to see what happens if I do these exercises. If I do them daily do you think that would be excessive? Is it better to work out my arms and push myself when doing so 3x a week, or to just do it every day but less intensively?

M S says:

Could you make a video about tight pronator teres muscle?

Melvin Harrison says:

I added this exercise right away

mrlondonchappy says:

I got this from jabbing alot. Hope this works

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