Tennis Elbow: Stretches and Strengthening Exercises

Topic Overview

Follow instructions from your physical therapist or other health professional for stretching and strengthening exercises.

Stretching exercisesare controlled stretches that preventtennis elbowstiffness andtendonshortening. Gently bend, straighten, and rotate your wrist. If you have increasing pain, slow down or stop the exercises.

After the pain has decreased and your flexibility has improved, you may do strengthening exerciseswith light hand weights that are less than 2 lb (0.9 kg). Weights can be increased gradually.

A rowing machine (ergometer) can simultaneously stretch and strengthen the muscle around the elbow. Consult a sports trainer or physical therapist before using a rowing ergometer. Improper form can cause back or neck strain.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Current as ofNovember 29, 2017