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Stop elbow pain and stay in the game

Physical conditioning and good playing technique and equipment can prevent golf elbow, tennis elbow, and similar overuse injuries.

What racquet sports player or golfer hasn't gotten sidelined—sometimes for months on end—by elbow pain? Occurring on either the inside or outside of the elbow, the pain can be intense and persistent; recovering from it calls for physical therapy and retraining.

Proper playing technique and overall physical conditioning can prevent many injuries from ever happening. If an injury does occur, "We need to try to get to the cause and have the person condition to improve their strength, flexibility, and endurance so they can tolerate their activity without causing that symptom," notes James Zachazewski, a physical therapist who directs the rehabilitation service at the Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center in Foxborough, Mass.

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