Tennis elbow is a nagging injury that afflicts 6.5 to 9.5 million Americans each year. Beyond tennis players, this painful condition can affect anyone who engages in repetitive movement with their arms, including golfers, fitness enthusiasts, gamers, office workers, painters, plumbers, hairdressers and construction and manufacturing workers.
Chronic overuse strains the tendons in the forearms, which can cause microscopic tears and inflammation. This pain at the outside of the elbow makes it difficult to grip or carry items, work on a computer, cut food, engage in recreational activities, and potentially do your job.
The good news is that multiple treatment options exist for tennis elbow, and 80 to 90 percent of people recover without surgery. For those who lack health insurance resist use of medication or prefer to self-treat, there are a variety of natural remedies for treating tennis elbow. Keep in mind that not all may be equally effective, several should be combined for better results, and none guarantees full recovery or a lack of recurrence.