Tennis elbow

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Tennis Elbow

The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis. It is a painful repetitive stress condition that is from an inflammation of the tendons in the forearm muscles that connect on the outside of the elbow. Overuse will damage the tendons and result in inflammation.


The overuse of the elbow can be triggered by several different activities. These activities will include tennis and other racquet sports but are not limited to athletic pursuits. Any activity in which you repetitively use your elbow joint will also trigger the injury, such as painters, plumbers, carpenters and butchers.

You’ll experience the pain on the outside of the elbow during the activity that triggered the injury and the spread through the forearm and down to the wrist. Other activities that use the same motion will also trigger pain, such as turning a door handle, holding a coffee cup or shaking hands.


Your doctor will likely diagnose the problem through history and physical examination. How your symptoms developed, your history of activity and your current symptoms will all be included. You may be asked to get an x-ray to rule out arthritis, MRI to determine if the pain is not originating from a spinal problem in the neck or an EMG to rule out nerve compression – all of which are treated differently than tennis elbow.


The treatment is primarily rest, physical therapy and bracing. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, approximately 80% of people with tennis elbow will recover with nonsurgical treatments.


Your physician may also recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the pain and to reduce the swelling in the are. If you prefer to reduce the amount of medication you can ice the area for 10 minutes 5-7 times per day. Using a brace over the back of the forearm will also help to support the area and reduce symptoms because it will rest the tendons and muscles.


However, just because your symptoms are subsiding with the ice and bracing does not mean you should return to your activities. Instead, keep resting the area and do physical therapy exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the forearm. This will help to reduce the potential that the injury will recur.





American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: Tennis Elbow

MedlinePlus: Tennis Elbow

MayoClinic: Tennis Elbow

Southern California Orthopedic: Tennis Elbow

Sports Injury Clinic: Tennis Elbow

American College of Sports medicine: Tennis Elbow

Emory HealthCare: Epicondylitis

possible tennis elbow?

im not sure if i have tennis elbow or not, but here are my symptoms:

pain on the outer side of my arm- the part between the shoulder and elbow.

it runs only on the outside of it and sometimes around the elbow.

i do have pain lifting objects sometimes. however, if i take a break from tennis for about a day or 2, it goes away, but will come back if i start hitting too much.

i have 16’s pro hurricane tour for mains, and VS gut for crosses, but before my strings broke and the injury started happening, i had 17’s pro hurricane tour and VS gut. (which seemed to serve me well for about 6 months-ish at 60 lbs/58 lbs)

both times i had the tension at 60/58, and one more time with the 16’s again i had 58/58.

i believe that the pain will go away if i switch back to 17 pro hurricane tour 60 lbs. with 16 VS gut 58 lbs. however, i want to make sure the injury goes away before i hit again.

so do i have tennis elbow, and if so, what is the best way to treat it?
also, i’ve only had it for the past 2 weeks, on and off, so not too far into the problem yet.

where are the pains in a tennis elbow?

i have been playing tennis for about 2 years, and i also have computer class so i do alot of typing. i did some research but couldn’t exactly find out where it hurts when you have tennis elbow. and i m having this pain for about 1-2 months now. at first i thought that the pains i was getting was from the serves i do but one day i didnt hit any serves and after about 30 mins of play time only doing ground strokes i felT the pain. BUT THE PAIN IS ON MY BICEP MUSCLE? AND NO WHERE ELSE…IS THAT A BEGINNING STAGE OF TENNIS ELBOW OR IS IT I DONT HAVE ENOUGH MUSCLE TO BACK UP MY SWINGS? AND I SHOULDNT WORRY ABOUT IT THAT MUCH?

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