tennis elbow

Get Rid of Tennis Elbow Naturally

When the tendons of the arm get over-used and a bit abused, it’s not that uncommon to suffer from tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis. This makes it difficult to use the affected arm from elbow to wrist without experiencing pain and swelling. Though it is called tennis elbow, the injury can be sustained through any repetitive motion that causes injury to the tendons that affect the wrist including sweeping, raking, plumbing, gardening and more.


How do I know if I have tennis elbow?

  • Pain in the outer part of the elbow
  • Tenderness and inflammation in the outer part of the elbow
  • Wrist pain
  • Pain while moving; especially when lifting
  • Pain that radiates down the forearms
  • Elbow stiffness
  • Difficulty extending the forearm
  • Weakness in wrist


How can I prevent tennis elbow?

  • Use techniques for sports like tennis that do not strain the wrist.
  • Use a racquet that is suitable for both the sport and your body type.
  • Be sure that any activities that may strain the wrist are done in a way that helps to prevent injury.
  • Do warm-ups and stretches before engaging in repetitive motion activities such as raking, weaving or plumbing.


How can I treat tennis elbow?

  • Massage calendula oil into the elbow twice a day to help relieve pain.
  • Alternate warm and cold compresses to help control swelling and relieve pain.
  • Reduce swelling and pain with a potato pack. Wrap a baked potato in cloth and apply to the elbow.
  • Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory. Drink it as a tea, make a poultice and apply to the elbow, and even try ginger candy.
  • White willow bark is a natural pain killer that you can try to control the painful symptoms of tennis elbow.
  • Increase your intake of celery. It helps reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Omega-3’s help to encourage healing.
  • Pineapples are high in vitamin C which is great for healing but also bromeliad which is a strong anti-inflammatory!
  • Foods like chicken that are low-fat proteins helps with rebuilding tendon tissue.
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