Facts and remedies for Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow

Each year many people seek orthopedic care for repetitive injuries. And one of the most common type of injury caused by the repetitive use of elbow joints is known as tennis elbow.



What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition caused in the elbow, forearm, and hand muscles due to overuse. You don’t have to be a tennis player to get this condition, but most tennis players suffer from this condition, thus got the name.

The inflammation of the tendons that joins the muscles area of the forearm on the outside of elbow (lateral epicondyle) is called Tennis elbow. Due to the repeated use or overuse of forearm muscles and tendons it becomes damaged and leads to pain and tenderness on the outer part of elbow. Overuse can also affect the posterior or back part of the elbow. Knowing it earlier and getting a proper treatment is very important for this condition.

Symptoms of Tennis elbow:

  • Gradually increasing pain or tenderness on outer part of the elbow.
  • Having pain while writing or gripping small objects like when holding a pen.
  • Pain during squeezing objects or shaking hands with someone.
  • Severe pain while lifting objects or using tools.
  • Extreme pain when twisting the forearms like turning a door handle or opening a jar.
  • Severe pain and stiffness when fully extending your arm.

Causes and prevention of Tennis Elbow:

From tennis players to carpenters, anyone can develop this orthopedic problem. The overuse of forearms makes the muscles weaker and tendons are forced to form tiny tears are formed by the tendon. And your day to day life involving the movements of forearms becomes harder and painful.

By taking proper preventive measures it is possible to keep away this condition. Here are some simple ways to protect yourself from Tennis elbow.

  • Stretch your arm muscles before workouts.
  • Gradually build the muscles in the upper arms, shoulders and upper back to ease the pressure from your forearms.
  • Switch hands whenever possible to prevent overuse.

If you are suffering from Tennis Elbow then do consult an experienced orthopedic doctor.

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