Updated: Jan 10, 2021
Tennis elbow clinically known as lateral epicondylitis.
It often occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, near the elbow joint.
It is a condition that causes pain around the outside of the elbow.
Despite its name, athletes aren't the only people who develop tennis elbow. People whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers.Sometime lifting heavy weights also develop tennis elbow.
The pain associated with tennis elbow may radiate from the outside of your elbow into your forearm and wrist. Pain and weakness may make it difficult to:
Shake hands or grip an object
Turn a doorknob
Hold a coffee cup
Nonsurgical Treatment: Approximately 80% to 95% of patients have success with nonsurgical treatment. Rest. The first step toward recovery is to give your arm proper rest. This means that you will have to stop or decrease participation in sports, heavy work activities, and other activities that cause painful symptoms for several weeks.
Physical therapy. Specific exercises are helpful for strengthening the muscles of the forearm. Your therapist may also perform ultrasound, Laser therapy , or muscle-stimulating techniques to improve muscle healing.
Brace. Using a brace centered over the back of your forearm may also help relieve symptoms of tennis elbow. This can reduce symptoms by resting the muscles and tendons.
Up to 95% of people who have tennis elbow get better without surgery. But you might need it if you still have pain after 6 to 12 months. Your doctor can remove damaged tissue through cuts in your arm.
Tennis Elbow Prevention
Some small changes might help lower your risk of tennis elbow.
Keep your arms and wrists strong and flexible. Build strength with light weights. Warm up and stretch before any activity, especially one that involves making the same motions over and over.
Try not to make repetitive movements.
If you play a sport with a racket, have an expert check your equipment to be sure it’s the right size and fit.