WHAT IS TENNIS ELBOW?

 

Repetitive motions such as swinging a racket can cause strain on the muscles and tendons connected to the outside of the elbow. Over time, this can lead to inflammation and microtears in the tendons. Despite the name, tennis elbow can occur in any individual and is the most common reason people seek treatment from a physician for elbow pain.

 

What are the Common Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?

  • Pain on the outside of the elbow that may or may not radiate to the upper and lower arm
  • Pain when making a fist or gripping a tennis racket
  • Pain with shaking hands or turning a door knob
  • Weak grip strength

 

What are the Causes of Tennis Elbow?

  • Repetitive motion. This makes Tennis Elbow common in professions like carpentry, painting, plumbing, and auto mechanics.
  • Most common in ages 30-50 years old.
  • Often the result of weakness in the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle in the forearm.

 

How is Tennis Elbow Treated?

  • Conservative treatment is up to 95% effective. Click here for conservative treatment methods, exercises, and stretches you can do at home!