Gardeners can get tennis elbow too. Because gardening involves repetitive arm and wrist motions, it can lead to tennis elbow over time.
Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is a painful condition that afflicts more than just tennis players, but also anyone who performs repetitive arm movements, including gardeners. While gardening is an enjoyable, healthy hobby, doing it frequently can lead to injury over time.
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Tennis elbow is caused when the tendons become aggravated and inflamed as the elbow bends and extends repeatedly, the wrist is extended and you’re gripping an item, such as when pulling weeds, pruning, planting flowers and digging in the soil, day after day. This can lead to overuse and microscopic tears in the tendons and muscles of the forearm.
Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain and inflammation, a weakened grip, difficulty turning a doorknob or lifting objects and discomfort when shaking hands or brushing your teeth. Pain can worsen over time if the injury is not treated.
The good news is that it’s possible to treat your gardening elbow conveniently at home.