Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammation around the bony knob on the outer side of the elbow. It occurs when the tissue that attaches the muscles to the bone becomes irritated.
As you age, this tissue may become irritated more easily.
Common Causes and Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Commonly Tennis Elbow is caused by work-related or leisure activities that involve repetitive motion of the wrist or forearm. Extending your wrist or rotating your forearm while playing tennis, performing job duties, or making home repairs can inflame your elbow. Other causes include:
- Using a screwdriver
- Racquet Sports
- Computer use
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow include pain on the outer side of the elbow and down the forearm. The pain may be frequent or it may occur only when you lift things. The elbow may also swell, get red or feel warm to the touch.
Healing at St. Dominic’s
At St. Dominic's Hand Management Center, certified hand therapists treat Tennis Elbow through exercise and therapy programs which gently stretch and strengthen the muscles around your elbow.
Contact an expert hand therapist today and get back to doing the things you love sooner.