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What are some exercises to help with tennis elbow?

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According to WebMD, a ball or sock squeeze, wrist deviation and wrist curls are exercises that help with tennis elbow. In a ball or sock squeeze, a person squeezes a fist around a rolled-up sock or tennis ball for about six seconds. He then relaxes for about 10 seconds before repeating the exercise eight to 12 times. The exercise should be done with the other hand as well.

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In a wrist deviation, a person should sit and position his arm on a table while extending his hand past the table's edge like he is about to shake hands with someone, recommends WebMD. The hand should be moved up and down with eight to 12 repetitions. Ideally, this exercise should be completed twice daily per hand. With a wrist curl, the forearm should extend over the edge of a table. A 1-pound or 2-pound weight is also necessary but does not have to be fancy. A can of food works fine. The hand with the weight should be curled upward eight to 12 times before arms are switched. The exercise should be done again but this time with the hand facing toward the floor.

The Orthopedic Spine & Sports Medicine Center recommends gradual progress in exercise intensity to avoid making the tennis elbow injury worse.

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