Gardeners: Treat Your Tennis Elbow Injury at Home

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.  

Learn more about our at-home tennis elbow treatment device here.

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.

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Treating Gardening-Related Tennis Elbow at Home

If you’re a gardener who has tennis elbow, the first recommended treatment is to stop this activity to let your injured arm rest. If this is your job, however, that can be a challenge unless you can take time off. If gardening is a hobby, try to limit your work and enlist or temporarily hire others to help manage your garden.

Also, try the following recommendations to help reduce the pain when you are gardening:

  • Don’t overdo it in one hours-long session; break up projects into smaller tasks over several days
  • Use the right-sized ergonomic tools for your hands, and make sure they are sharpened and working properly
  • Perform simple stretching and strengthening exercises for the forearms and wrists to improve strength
  • Take frequent breaks and relax hands, flex and extend wrists and stretch fingers
  • Enlist help for large garden projects
  • Wear a wrist or elbow brace when gardening
  • Gently massage the forearms and hands after working in the garden
  • Soak in an Epsom salt bath after gardening to release muscular tension

Another convenient option to treat tennis elbow at home is the Fiix Elbow E5. This new device replicates a clinically proven physical therapy treatment called instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). All you do is wear the device for 10 minutes per day, three times per week for eight weeks, along with doing some simple exercises. No need for medical appointments, insurance deductibles and co-pays, prescriptions or recurring expenses with this effective tool.

The Fiix Elbow helps provide pain relief and promotes functional restoration so you can continue to do what you love in the garden!

TENNIS ELBOW TREATMENTS AND RESOURCES

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FIIX ELBOW HEALING PROCESS

Stā  Active tennis elbow healing process

Inducement of tissue microtrauma promotes a local inflammatory response that promotes:

1. Breakdown of scar tissue

2. Release of adhesions

3. Synthesis of new collagen

4. Tissue remodeling


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