A Lot of Buzz over Eccentric Exercises for Tennis Elbow

During the past week, I’ve seen lots of interest popping up in all sorts of places (including an email from my mother) about a new study by Timothy Tyler, P.T. that looks at the use of simple eccentric exercises for tennis elbow. Eccentric exercises are performed when the muscle is stretched while contracting. The simple exercise used in this study and the equipment used to perform them can be found on this video.

I’ve been teaching an exercise using hand weights to apply similar forces to the muscles for a few years, but I’d like to try this as it seems to be a bit simpler to perform. Also, the results that they found were impressive with 81% improvement of symptoms over a very short period of time (two months.) Exercise frequency is 3 sets daily of 5-15 repetitions.

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