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Medical Edge: Tennis elbow not just for tennis players

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 12:02 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) - The Western & Southern Open continues at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. So do the injuries to players.
 
One common condition is "tennis elbow". What might surprise you is how little that condition has to do with tennis.

Karah Russell is a volunteer at the tournament and an amateur tennis player who loves the game. She doesn't always love the toll tennis takes on the body, however. As with most players, she tends to feel it most in her legs and arms.

She's not alone. Sports medicine specialists say that even when you get to the professional level, you see minor aches, pains, and more

"The chronic type of sort of shoulder and elbow injuries we see a lot of as well," said Dr. Brian Grawe.

But when it comes to tennis elbow, Grawe said, "it's more of a misnomer. Most people that sort of get tennis elbow, they don't play tennis. In the medical community, we call it something named lateral epicondolitis, which is a fancy term that just means pain at the end of the elbow."

That pain he said he often sees more in mothers who lift babies throughout the day, rather than in tennis players

"Anyone that performs activities-- whether its' at work or home-- where you load your wrists in an extended position, can really suffer from this condition. So it's very common," said Grawe.

The secret to avoiding tennis elbow is lifting with the core, not the arms and wrists.

Grawe said that no matter with whom you play-- or what you play-- power doesn't really come from the arms.

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