Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as “tennis elbow,” is a condition involving the tendons that attach to the bone on the outside (lateral) part of the elbow. Despite its name, tennis elbow can affect many people regardless if they are an athlete or not. In fact, this condition is most commonly seen in adults ranging in age from 40 to 60.
Causes of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow can be caused by any activity that places stress on the tendons. Common activities that cause tennis elbow include:
- Tennis and other racket sports
- Machine work
A sudden or extreme action of force that is applied to the elbow can also injure the tendons which leads to degeneration.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow can cause a great amount of pain in the elbow area when performing the activities listed above, or when doing simple everyday tasks such as lifting, gripping, or grasping. The pain is usually located on the outside of the elbow. The affected area becomes extremely tender and the pain can shoot from the elbow down to the forearm.
How to treat Tennis Elbow
- Make sure to modify any activity that causes pain or stress on the tendons.
- Anti-inflammatories may help reduce the pain and reduce swelling.
- Visit your local upper extremity specialists to find the best treatment options for your situation.
Watch the quick video above to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments associated with tennis elbow.
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