WHY THE BEST TREATMENT FOR TENNIS ELBOW INVOLVES THE NECK - Durham Orthopedic & Sports Injury Clinic (2023)


If you’ve had Tennis Elbow before you’ll understand how frustrating it can be.

It’s stubborn, persistent and often compounded by a lack of obvious triggers.

But did you knowthat it may be more than just isolated elbow pain? That there’s an important piece of the puzzle easily missed?

From what I find clinically, this is significant enough to potentially hold the keys to a better understanding of the issue.

So I ask you this; is your Tennis Elbow actually a consequence of neck dysfunction?

I think there’s enough clinical evidence to suggest it might be. So let’s discuss why.


For those unaware, Tennis Elbow is an overload and irritation of the wrist and forearm tendons at the elbow. Its technical name isLateral Epicondylitis– which implies inflammation, but this isn’t always the case.


Traditionally we equate the onset of Tennis Elbow pain with tasks that require repetitive gripping and twisting.

But we also link it to other tasks that expose you to high wrist and forearm load. Things like brick-laying, tiling, working a register and overhand carrying seem connected.

It’s often classified as an “overuse” injury for the above reasons. We feel load plus high repetition can equal tendon dysfunction.

It can genuinely be a pain in the ass.

Interestingly, I also see a large number of office workers with Tennis Elbow. They still seem exposed to a lot of repetitive movements but without the heavy load.

In my opinion, this highlights why there’s still an element of mystery associated with Tennis Elbow –load isn’t always involved.

And this is where the neck becomes relevant.


It can sound strange to suggest the neck is involved here but clinically I’ve seen enough to warrant greater attention.

It seems that in order to develop Tennis Elbow (Golfers Elbow and potentially other hand, wrist or fingers tendon issues as well),you may need to have accrued some dysfunction at the base of the neck first. I don’t necessarily mean a disc bulge or pinched nerve, but mechanical dysfunction.

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When performing an assessment for Tennis Elbow I’m now highly attentive to any local neck joint stiffness and related soft tissue tightness.

This is often tricky for most patients to comprehend asthese symptoms generally won’t stand out. You have to go hunting to find them to appreciate what’s going on.

And I have some thoughts on why.


The lateral elbow is affected by the neck in a few ways.


Without going into too much detail, Dermatomes and Myotomes are aspects of the spinal cord that serve specific areas of sensation and muscular activity throughout the body.

Formed in the Embryonic stages of our development these neurological connections are often severely underrated when trying to understand injury and dysfunction.

In terms of Lateral Epicondylitis, the base of the neck houses connections to the lateral elbow and forearm. As a result, low neck stiffness and tightness may act like a ‘kink’ in a hose and affect the function of your arm.

It’s very important to understand that the normal flow of function can be suppressed or altered by dysfunction further up the chain. If you kink a hose the water pressure drops off, and this may also be true for incoming and outgoing neural information.

It seems to result in functional changes like hyper, or altered sensitivity and relative weakness – reducing the elbow tendons’ ability to tolerate normal and/or increased loading over time.

In short, there should be nothing wrong with you performing repetitive tasks.

After allthe body is designed to thrive with use. But if the hose that supplies your tissue is ‘kinked’, then its threshold for dysfunction is likely to be compromised. Most likely without you realizing until it’s too late.


It’s a similar idea here with the Radial nerve.

The nerve and its offshoots originate from the base of your neck and the very top of your upper back. It follows a path down the back of your arm and directly passes by the lateral part of your elbow before finishing down around your thumb.

As before, any kink in the system can have downstream consequences.

It’s important to note that our nervous system doesn’t have a lot of inherent ‘slack’ in the system. Unlike our soft tissue which has more ‘elasticity’, our nerves are more steel cabling by design. This relative rigidity helps provide a conductive pathway for neural traffic. So it’s important that our neural connections can ‘floss’ freely through their designated pathways.

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But if there’s a mechanical anchor at its origin, the nervous system can become a source of restriction and anything can become dysfunctional by association.

This is often displayed as increasedneural tension.

As you can hopefully appreciate, any low neck dysfunction can have functional, mechanical and performance-related consequences for the lateral elbow.

If this neck dysfunction is left unattended, it may potentially become very hard for any symptomatic elbow treatment to work. And if it does, have we trulysolvedanything?

If you are like many long-term sufferers of Tennis Elbow and have gone through months of anti-inflammatories, elbow injections, pain medication, strength and conditioning exercises, Tennis elbow splints, braces, straps, and other supports, etc. all without success, then you might be missing one huge piece of the puzzle.


In light of this, please consider the health of your neck and your work/home environment.

How do you hold your neck? Do you constantly look down when reading or using your phone? Do you recline and watch TV through your feet? Are you someone who just generally slouches?

What is your neck having to buffer day to day behind the scenes?

It may not seem like these positions and shapes can equate to a sore elbow but clinically it seems there’s a connection.

By treating patients’ neck dysfunction it’s common to see someimmediate change in elbow pain and an increase in strength and overall function.

It’s as close to a Tennis Elbow cure as I think we are likely to get.

The results are there to see. I urge everyone to test it out themselves – regular folk and health professionals alike.


Take alacrosse ballortennis balland lie down.

Let it gently press into the lower aspects of your neck and go looking for stiffness and tightness. It’s very safe, but take the time to explore your neck and pay more attention to what you feel is relevant.


If you’re in the right area it may even communicate with your symptoms.

If unsure, go and see a trusted health professional and let them do it for you.

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Is Tennis Elbow painful?

Tennis Elbow can be painful. However, the pain associated with the condition is not usually a constant pain. Instead many have intermittent pain brought on by specific movements and tasks, the most common of which involves gripping and loaded wrist movements.What does Tennis Elbow feel like?

Classic symptoms include an intense, duller pain with activity. It may also ache in a non-specific way.What is the best treatment for Tennis Elbow?

The best treatment depends on how irritated the tendon has become. If you’ve caught the symptoms early a mixture of massage, relative rest and eccentric forearm strengthening may do the job. However, if it’s quite irritated or more chronic you may need a brace or tape to help distribute the load and protect it. It’s also important to note that freeing up the base of your neck and upper back may also help undo the potential underlying cause of Tennis Elbow making any symptomatic treatment more effective and long-lasting. Ice and anti-inflammatories should not be relied upon unless absolutely necessary due to theirability to delay healing.Is Tennis Elbow curable?

In most cases it is curable. Provided there has been no chronic damage to the underlying tendons and tissue of the elbow, you should expect your Tennis Elbow to regress at some stage. If your symptoms aren’t responding to regular therapy make sure you are addressing any associated neck dysfunction as well.How long does it take for Tennis Elbow to heal?

The prognosis for Tennis Elbow is highly specific to the individual. Many low-grade cases can be treated in 4-6 weeks if managed correctly. More involved cases can take 3-6 months (and longer) particularly if any underlying neck stiffness goes untreated and the elbow isn’t given enough relative rest.Is heat or cold better for Tennis Elbow?

From my experience as a Physiotherapist, heat is the best option for treating Tennis Elbow. As mentioned before,ice has the capacity todelaythe healing processand should only ever be used as a last resort for pain management. Heat, on the other hand, can help loosen up tight and restricted tissue and help down-regulate the nervous system leading to a reduction in pain. Both should only be considered short-term options while you work hard on improving the underlying mechanical faults responsible in the first place.

What happens if Tennis Elbow goes untreated?

If left untreated, Tennis Elbow is highly likely to persist (or come back again at a later date). This is important to remember for two reasons:

1. Tendons need relative rest from aggravating activities to settle.
2. The underlying mechanics of the neck, shoulder, and elbow also need to be addressed to restore normal loading to the tendon.

These issues are unlikely to solve themselves unless you actively try and influence them.

On the other hand, pure rest on its own is unlikely to solve Lateral Epicondylitis. Tendons need to be used and loaded in order to remodel and strengthen. The key to treating Tennis Elbow is to continue to use it within reason while also trying to improve thewayyou load it.What exercises help Tennis Elbow?

Traditional treatment of Tennis Elbow usually includes eccentric strength exercises. Eccentric exercises focus on lengthening the tissue under load. With Lateral Epicondylitis this often looks like performing a wrist extension movement with an emphasis on slowly lowering the weight down again. This controlled lowering can help reorganize the dysfunctional tendon over time.

Similarly, I would always recommend anyone with Tennis Elbow use a Lacrosse ball or Tennis ball to mobilize their upper back and neck. Clinically there seems a strong link between stiffness in these areas and the onset of Lateral Epicondylitis.What causes Tennis Elbow?

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Tennis Elbow is traditionally seen as an over-use injury. We believe that activities like using a Tennis racket can overload the elbow -creating dysfunction over time. Interestingly, we adhere to this idea despite use and tendon loading being both normal and vital for proper tendon health by definition.

Instead, we should look at the onset of Lateral Epicondylitis as the moment underlying poor mechanics could no longer tolerate the situation they found themselves in. Then it’s just a matter of stepping back to see what factors set the elbow up to fail when it did.

The true underlying cause of Tennis Elbow seems to be less than perfect neck posture, an overloaded and stiff neck and upper and an increase in neural tension through the radial nerve.Should you wear a Tennis Elbow brace all the time?

In a perfect world, a Tennis Elbow brace should be worn in the short-term while you are working hard to fix things behind the scenes. Bracing (and taping) can be useful for those looking to maintain some level of function and activity in the meantime. The use of a Tennis Elbow brace long-term is only appropriate is you feel your symptoms are still gradually improving at the same time. If not, it may be time to re-assess the way you are managing your elbow,What are the first signs of Tennis Elbow?

Subtle pain and tightness on the outside of your elbow when gripping, twisting or lifting may be the first sign of Tennis Elbow. Some also experience weakened grip strength.Is surgery an option for Tennis Elbow?

Surgery is an option for many persistent soft-tissue complaints, and Tennis Elbow is no different. Many consider surgery for Lateral Epicondylitis after a long period of unsuccessful treatment. The challenge here is to distinguish between a Tennis Elbow that won’t respond to conservative treatment and poor conservative treatment. If you are considering surgery for your elbow, please make sure to get a second opinion just in case something has been unintentionally overlooked.Can non-tennis players get Tennis Elbow?

Interestingly, it’s more common for those who don’t play Tennis to develop Tennis Elbow than those that do. From what I see clinically, those most at risk of Tennis Elbow are bricklayers, tilers, office workers and those that work at a cash register. Professionals like these seem to have that awkward mix of poor neck postures, the development of neck stiffness and repetitive use of the forearm and elbow. Tennis players clearly experience the condition but often have a level of forearm and elbow conditioning that creates a better buffer against Lateral Epicondylitis.


So if you are dealing with Tennis Elbow make sure you respect the health and function of your neck. Take a moment to consider your postural habits and make amends where possible.

By all means, work hard on your elbow treatments and exercises. Build on the strength and mobility of your wrist, elbow and forearm musculature, but please consider the potentially bigger picture at play here.

The bottom line is that your tissue should support you if you choose to use it. Repetition shouldrarelybe an excuse for dysfunction on its own. It may, however, expose already less than perfect mechanics and function over time.

This can be a hard idea to reconcile considering that we often confuse feeling ‘normal’ withbeingnormal, but I feel the evidence is mounting.

I urge everyone to explore this idea. There’s likely something here if you’re willing to look for it.

It has been a game-changer for me and my patients and something I genuinely feel needs to be explored and officially researched. Perhaps discussing this is the first step.

Are you dealing with Tennis Elbow? What are your thoughts on this?

If you’d like help with your Tennis Elbow book in for an online Physiotherapy consultation today!

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Who is the best treatment for tennis elbow? ›

One of the best ways to treat stubborn tennis elbow is with physical therapy. It can improve blood flow to the tendons, which will speed healing, too. A therapist may also teach you ways to change your tennis stroke or other activities that caused your elbow troubles.

Is tennis elbow related to neck pain? ›

It might seem funny but tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis) could be caused by a problem in the neck. In other words, it may not be coming directly from the elbow. True lateral epicondylitis occurs as a result of local trauma and tissue inflammation.

What is first treatment for tennis elbow? ›

Rest your arm by avoiding the movement that caused the condition. Take an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine that reduces swelling, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin. Apply an ice pack to your elbow for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 times a day. Wrap your elbow in a compression bandage.

What are two treatments for tennis elbow? ›

Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers often help relieve tennis elbow. If conservative treatments don't help or if symptoms are disabling, your doctor might suggest surgery.

Does physiotherapy cure tennis elbow? ›

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition and is treatable with skilled physiotherapy.

What is tennis elbow treatment? ›

You should rest your injured arm and stop any activity that's causing the problem. Holding a cold compress, such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel, against your elbow for a few minutes several times a day can help ease the pain. Taking painkillers, such as paracetamol, may help reduce mild pain.

Can tennis elbow affect your shoulder and neck? ›

Although the name of this condition implies specificity to the elbow; however, pain may be felt throughout the entire upper extremity — including the shoulder!

Can neck pain affect your elbow? ›

All of the nerves which control the muscles of the arm come from the spine specifically the neck. So, a neck problem can actually be the cause of elbow pain.

What nerve goes from neck to elbow? ›

Ulnar nerve

The C8 and T1 roots are part of the brachial plexus that travels from the cervical spine, under the clavicle, through the armpit (axilla), and down the inside of the arm to the inner elbow.

What is the main cause of tennis elbow? ›

Tennis elbow is mostly caused by overusing your forearm due to a repetitive or strenuous activity. It can also sometimes occur after banging or knocking your elbow. If the muscles in your forearm are strained, tiny tears and inflammation can develop near the bony lump (lateral epicondyle) on the outside of your elbow.

When should you seek treatment for tennis elbow? ›

You should seek immediate medical attention for golfer's elbow and tennis elbow if the area of pain is also inflamed, and the discomfort is accompanied by a fever. You should also obtain prompt medical care if you are unable to bend your elbow, or are experiencing any numbness or weakness in your hand .

How do you treat and prevent tennis elbow? ›

Desai's Top 9 Ways to Help Prevent Tennis Elbow:
  1. Avoid Repetitive Tasks. ...
  2. Do Forearm Exercises. ...
  3. Take Breaks. ...
  4. Regular Exercise & Proper Form When Lifting Heavy Options/Weight Lifting. ...
  5. Warmup and Stretch. ...
  6. Check Your Tennis Equipment. ...
  7. Proper Technique. ...
  8. Consider Trying a Tennis Elbow Strap.
16 Mar 2017

What is the name of the surgery to repair tennis elbow? ›

Lateral epicondylitis surgery is a procedure to alleviate the pain and inflammation caused by lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow.

Does tennis elbow ever need surgery? ›

Surgery is usually done when there are large tears in the tendon from a sudden (acute) injury or if there is other severe damage to the elbow. Your doctor might recommend surgery if: You have elbow pain after more than 6 to 12 months of tendon rest and rehabilitation.

What is tennis elbow surgery called? ›

A commonly used surgery for tennis elbow is called a lateral epicondyle release. This surgery takes tension off the extensor tendon. The surgeon begins by making an incision along the arm over the lateral epicondyle.

Which muscles are involved with tennis elbow? ›

The exact tendon most commonly involved in tennis elbow connects to a muscle called the extensor carpi radialis brevis. This muscle becomes overused with repetitive arm and wrist movements, such as in painting; using hand tools, such as screwdrivers and hammers; or from long hours of manipulating a computer mouse.

What muscles are weak with tennis elbow? ›

Repetitive overuse of the wrist extensors often leads to a situation in which the breakdown exceeds the muscles capacity for repair, resulting in small tears to your extensor carpi radialis brevis, one of the primary muscles involved in tennis elbow.

How is tennis elbow diagnosed with physiotherapy? ›

Pain provoking tests are the most utilized method of diagnosing Tennis Elbow. This could be through palpating the lateral epicondyle, resisted extension of the wrist, index finger, or middle finger; and having the patient grip an object. Mill's Test and Cozen's test can also be used to diagnose the condition.

Can your neck affect your arm? ›

Neck problems can cause a range of symptoms including: pain (which may go down your arm) stiffness. pins and needles or numbness in your arm or hand.

Can neck and shoulder pain cause elbow? ›

Shoulder pain can quite often radiate down the arm toward the elbow. When pain goes below the elbow down into the wrist or hand this can suggest that the problem may be due to a trapped nerve in the neck.

Can tight neck muscles cause arm weakness? ›

Cervical radiculopathy

This occurs when a nerve root from the spinal cord in the neck becomes irritated or compressed. This gives rise to radiating pain from the neck to the shoulder and upper extremity. It can also cause muscle weakness, numbness, and a tingling sensation through the arms or hands.

What part of neck causes arm pain? ›

Unfortunately, if problems occur in the cervical spine, nerve roots in the area can become irritated or compressed. If this occurs, it can trigger symptoms that radiate along the affected nerve, causing pain to travel into the shoulder, arm, and even the hand. We refer to this type of pain as radicular pain.

Can tight shoulders cause tennis elbow? ›

Research suggests there is an association between posture and shoulder muscle weakness in people with tennis elbow. Research shows a link between tennis elbow and muscle strength of the serratus anterior, lower trapezius, and middle trapezius. Poor rotator cuff strength is also linked to tennis elbow.

What parts of the body can neck pain affect? ›

It can radiate across your whole upper body, affecting your shoulders, arms and chest and can even cause headaches. Living with neck pain can be miserable, making it hard to focus and get through the day.

What are the symptoms of nerve damage in your neck? ›

Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve. Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward. Tingling, pins and needles sensations (paresthesia) Muscle weakness in the affected area.

What happens if you have nerve damage in your neck? ›

Cervical radiculopathy, commonly called a "pinched nerve," occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated where it branches away from the spinal cord. This may cause pain that radiates into the shoulder and/or arm, as well as muscle weakness and numbness.

What nerve goes from neck to right arm? ›

The axillary nerve starts in your neck and extends to your shoulder. It causes movement and sensation in your shoulder and the back of your upper arm. Injuries to this nerve can affect your ability to rotate your arm or lift it.

What is the difference between tendonitis and tennis elbow? ›

Tennis elbow is a common term for one of the most frequent types of tendinitis. It is an overuse injury that causes an inflammation of the tendon fibers that attach the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow.

Can phones cause tennis elbow? ›

This pinch and subsequent elbow pain can occur after your elbows have been bent over for long periods at a time due to—for example— extended cell phone use. It's the reason why cubital tunnel syndrome is more popularly known as “cell phone elbow.”

What exercises for elbow pain? ›

Bringing your elbow up and down is one repetition. Start with both arms hanging by your side. Bring one arm up to touch the shoulder. Hold for a few seconds and then slowly lower your arm.
How many and how often
  • Do 8 repetitions.
  • Rest for a minute.
  • Repeat another set of 8 repetitions.
  • Repeat this 2 to 3 times a day.

What tendon is affected in tennis elbow? ›

The tendon most likely involved in tennis elbow is called the extensor carpi radialis brevis. Tennis elbow is usually diagnosed in both men and women between the ages of 30 and 50 years.

How long does tennis elbow take to heal with physical therapy? ›

Although each patient recovers at a different rate, you may need to attend your Physical Therapy sessions for two to three months. It could take four to six months to get back to high-level sports and work activities.

How is tennis elbow surgery done? ›

Your surgeon makes a cut above the bone on the side of your elbow. Then they remove the damaged piece of tendon and reattaches the healthy part back to the bone. The doctor might also remove a tiny piece of bone in your elbow to improve blood flow and help the area heal faster.

How do you maintain a muscle with tennis elbow? ›

  1. bend the elbow at a right angle.
  2. extend the hand outwards, palm facing up.
  3. twist the wrist around gradually, until the palm is facing down.
  4. hold the position for 5 seconds.
  5. repeat nine more times.
  6. do two more sets of 10 repetitions.
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Does stretching help tennis elbow? ›

Exercises to stretch and strengthen your wrist and forearm muscles can be a big help in preventing tennis elbow. There's also plenty you can do throughout your day to lessen strain on your arms.

What is the most common elbow surgery? ›

Common elbow procedures include:
  • Open elbow surgery. The most commonly performed tennis elbow repair surgery, open elbow surgery can usually be done on an outpatient basis at a surgical center. ...
  • Arthroscopic elbow surgery. This minimally invasive, same-day outpatient procedure is preferred by some patients.
20 Feb 2017

What happens after tennis elbow surgery? ›

In 3 to 6 months, the pain should go away, and you should have good movement in your elbow. You may need to do strength exercises for as long as 1 year. You will be able to return to daily activities in about 2 to 6 weeks. You can go back to work in 3 to 12 weeks, depending on your job.

What is the most common surgery for the repair of elbow ligaments? ›

UCL reconstruction is a surgery commonly used to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament inside the elbow by replacing it with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. The goal of the surgery is to stabilize the elbow, reduce or eliminate pain and restore stability and range of motion.

Do steroid injections help tennis elbow? ›

Conclusion: In patients with tennis elbow, the use of local steroid injection in combination with topical and oral NSAIDs is superior to the use of combination of topical and oral NSAIDs. Better results with combination therapy using local steroid injection may be limited to the short term.

Is tennis elbow a disability? ›

While tendonitis can occur in any tendon, it is most common not only in the shoulders, elbows and knees, but also in the wrists. If you suffer from chronic pain due to tendonitis and are unable to work, you may be able eligible to receive disability.

Should I get an MRI for tennis elbow? ›

The short answer is that an MRI is probably neither necessary nor useful for most early and mid-term Tennis and Golfer's Elbow sufferers (and even some chronic / long-term sufferers, who don't intend to consider surgery.)

Are tennis elbow injections painful? ›

Discussion: Steroid injection was associated with an increase in reported pain for the first 24 hours of treatment, but the therapeutic benefits compared with naproxen and placebo were evident 3 to 4 days after the start of treatment.

How do you prepare for tennis elbow surgery? ›

Your healthcare provider will advise you to stop taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)—the same class of drugs used to relieve tennis elbow pain—several days before and after surgery.
  1. Aspirin.
  2. Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen)
  3. Aleve (naproxen)
  4. Celebrex (celecoxib)
  5. Voltaren (diclofenac)
22 Mar 2021

What vitamins help with tennis elbow? ›

Nutrients to help tennis elbow
  • Vitamin A. Vitamin A enhances and supports early inflammation during injury, reverses post-injury immune suppression, and assists in collagen formation to help repair tissue damage. ...
  • Vitamin B12. ...
  • Vitamin C. ...
  • Zinc. ...
  • Calcium. ...
  • Iron. ...
  • Magnesium. ...
  • Omega 3.

How can I prevent my tennis elbow from getting worse? ›

warm up properly and gently stretch your arm muscles before playing a sport that involves repetitive arm movements. use lightweight tools or racquets and make their grip size bigger, to avoid putting extra strain on your tendons.

Will cortisone shot help tennis elbow? ›

The traditional treatment for lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is to use physical therapy followed by a cortisone injection to relieve pain,” Dr. Scofield explains. “Cortisone injections are popular because they've been used for decades, they are affordable, and insurance covers them.

Does tennis elbow come back after surgery? ›

Tennis elbow can come back after surgery. Some people will need a second procedure to see an improvement.

Is tennis elbow surgery painful? ›

You will have some pain. Your doctor can give you medicine for this. A large bandage will cover your stitches (sutures). Your arm may be in a splint or a cast.

Is Vitamin D good for tendonitis? ›

Likewise, vitamin D plays a significant role in the tendon-to-bone healing process by increasing the bone mineral density and strengthening the skeletal muscles. The 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 binds to vitamin D receptors on myocytes to stimulate growth and proliferation.

What cream helps with tennis elbow? ›

Voltaren Gel is one of the newer and, apparently, more effective topical anti-inflammatories. It's the topical version of Diclofenac, (which only came in a pill form, originally.)

What vitamins should tennis players take? ›

Particularly if you're susceptible to joint pain, try supplementing with magnesium or even better, a really good multi-vitamin that includes zinc, calcium and magnesium. This will help you to reduce joint inflammation, aid recovery and repair following exercise and improve health of joints and bones.

Can tennis elbow cause shoulder and neck pain? ›

With conditions such as tennis elbow, your shoulder can become sore as your body attempts to compensate for your elbow's lack of strength and movement.


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