TENNIS ELBOW

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow.

Causes

  • Overuse

The cause is repeated contraction of the forearm muscles that you use to straighten and raise your hand and wrist.

  • daily activities such as:
  • using scissors
  • cutting tough food
  • gardening
  • sporting activities that involve high amounts of throwing
  • swimming
  • Manual work that involves repetitive turning or lifting of the wrist, such as plumbing, typing, or bricklaying.
  • Unknown causes

Symptoms

  • Pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow
  • Weak grip strength

Pain and weakness may make it difficult to:

  • Shake hands or grip an object
  • Turn a doorknob
  • Hold a coffee cup

Fast facts on tennis elbow

  • Tennis elbow is caused by small tears in the tendons that join the forearm to the outside of the elbow.
  • 50 percent of tennis players will experience tennis elbow.
  • Overuse of the forearm with incorrect wrist action can lead to tennis elbow.
  • Physiotherapy, support devices, and steroid injections can be used to treat the condition.
  • Certain exercises that provide strength to the supportive muscles in the arm and shoulder, such as the Tyler Twist, can help symptoms.
  • Stretch carefully ahead of racquet sports to prevent tennis elbow.

Symptoms develop over time and may gradually worsen over weeks or months. Nonsurgical treatment includes:

EXERCISES

  • Palm down wrist curl with dumbbell
  • Supination with a dumbbell
  • Wrist extensor stretch
  • Wrist flexion and extension
  • Towel / rubber band twist
  • Ball squeezing