Tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis) occurs when the tendons in your elbow are under too much pressure from motion in the wrist and arm. Then, tiny tears and inflammation can develop on the outside of your elbow and it can be very stubborn to eliminate once you have it.
Most people rely on ice, pain killers or braces, but that does NOT heal the elbow, because there are underlying muscle imbalances that need to be fixed. Specifically, if the chest and shoulders are tight and the back is weak, when you go into a specific motion, high amounts of stress may be placed on the tendons in the elbow.
For example, when you throw a ball or swing a tennis racquet or golf club, you may be forcing your elbow to decelerate the motion instead of the bigger muscles in the back…
Research has shown that rehab is the most effective way to heal tennis elbow and eliminate chronic pain.
A high quality rehab program fixes the muscle imbalances and postural distortions that cause elbow pain and dramatically improve strength, stability and healthy range of motion, which significantly reduces the risk of re-injury. (American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, Journal of Athletic Training, etc.)