“Tennis elbow,” or lateral epicondylitis is an inflammation of the inside of the elbow. The condition affects up to three percent of the general population and up to fifty percent of tennis players. The primary cause of “tennis elbow” is the stress of overuse and repetitive motion, occurring most frequently in the dominant arm of the patient. The injury can be the result of either traumatic or subtle injury of the muscles and tendons surrounding the elbow. More specifically, the condition involves the point where the muscles and tendon of the forearm attach to the outside bony area of the elbow. If you’re suffering from persistent elbow pain, an orthopedic specialist can diagnose and treat the problem.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow:
- Pain that slowly gets worse over time and is located directly outside the elbow.
- Pain that worsens when shaking hands or squeezing objects.
- Pain that worsens when stabilizing or moving your wrist forcefully. Examples of this would include lifting, using tools, opening jars, or even handling simple utensils.
Treating Tennis Elbow:
- Rest. Avoid activities that cause pain to the elbow.
- Ice the area.
- Use over the counter pain medications.