Tennis Elbow - Just for Tennis Players?
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

by Liz Bonis & Merby Curtis, WKRC

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CINCINNATI (WKRC) – We’re just a week away from the Western and Southern Open in Mason. That has many thinking about tennis and some of the most common injuries we associate with it.

With tennis, often comes overuse injuries, including tennis elbow. The pros know a lot about preventions. Sports medicine specialists at OrthoCincy say tennis elbow is much harder to prevent than some other elbow injuries such as the kind you get in baseball.

“Tennis elbow is actually a strain to the lateral part of the elbow, and that’s typically seen in people that are doing a lot of gripping, lifting pulling pushing type things,” said Dr. Michael Greiwe, an orthopaedic surgeon at OrthoCincy who specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery. “It’s an injury that tends to occur in our 40 to 60's. Tennis elbow is probably preventable, but it’s more of an age-related problem, and I tell people it’s sort of like getting gray hair. It just happens, just like rotator cuff injuries, but tennis elbow happens in that age group, but it happens a lot to people who do pushing pulling, gripping, lifting, so you can stretch and strengthen it, but not to the same extent that we can prevent elbow injuries in baseball.”

Dr. Greiwe said if you’ve quit playing because of tennis elbow, there are newer therapies now that can help get you back into the game.

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