Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a type of overuse injury that occurs when tendons in the elbow joint become overworked. This condition is also known as lateral epicondylitis and is usually caused due to repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Anyone with a job that demands repetitive hand motions can be affected by tennis elbow. Tennis elbow can cause pain in the elbow extending up to the wrist. This pain is situated basically where the tendons of the forearm muscles meet the boney bump of your elbow.

Tennis Elbow

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

  • Difficulty in Shaking hands or gripping an object

  • Difficulty turning a doorknob

  • Inability to hold a coffee cup

Causes of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow results from the repetitive stretching of muscles in the forearm that are used in straightening and raising the hand. The overuse and stress to the muscle tissue result in many small tears in the tendons. In case of sports like tennis repeated use of hand with poor technique can lead to tennis elbow. Other occupations that may lead to tennis elbow include:

  • Using plumbing tools
  • Painting
  • Driving screws
  • Cutting Meat/ Butchering
  • Repetitive use of computer keyboard or mouse without proper hand support

Treatment of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow usually goes away on its own with sufficient amount of rest. Do not over exert your hand in case you get a tennis elbow as it can worsen the condition. Apply cold pack to the affected area to get rid of the pain. Topical pain relievers can help in reducing pain and inflammation. Apply compression to the affected elbow. Elbow supports like the BMMI Elbow Support, Captain Elastic Elbow Support or Scott Specialties Universal Plush Tennis Elbow Wrap etc. can help in providing compression which in turn provides relief from inflammation and pain. Use these supports to protect your elbow from injury if you have a history of tennis elbow. Over the counter pain medications can provide pain relief. 


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