Why Badminton Players Get Tennis Elbow?
- Diffuse pain over lateral elbow just below the lateral epicondyle;
- Reduced grip strength;
- Reduced ability to lift a heavy object; or
- In racquet game players, reduced ability to perform a backhand.
- Some people with tennis elbow also experience tingling sensation or numbness spreading over the forearm and hand.
- Therapeutic ultrasound, heat-retaining braces;
- Soft tissue therapies like deep tissue massage, trigger point treatment, myofacial release;
- Stretching of the tight wrist muscles;
- Specific mobilization techniques combined with gripping exercises;
- Taping, corticosteroids injection, and acupuncture are sometimes helpful;
- Neck and nerve mobilization can also be considered if necessary.
- Focus should be put to achieve good control of the wrist to prevent wrist from functioning at extreme ranges, either into extension or flexion;
- Racquet technique needs to be carefully assessed to correct any technical faults, especially wrist arm control in back hand strokes;
- Encouraging gripping that focuses on hand muscles (the Duck grip), rather than gripping that only focuses on forearms muscles (the Finger grip).
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