Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, medically known as lateral epicondylitis, is a source of pain resulting from overloading the tendons in the elbow, often due to repetitive wrist and arm movements. Contrary to its name, tennis elbow is not limited to athletes but can also affect individuals in various occupations such as plumbers, painters, carpenters, and butchers, who perform repetitive motions prone to causing this condition.

The primary site of pain in tennis elbow is where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outer side of the elbow. Discomfort may also radiate into the forearm and wrist, amplifying the impact and range of the condition.

How Do You Get Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is characterized by an injury caused by overuse and muscle strain. The condition arises from the repetitive contraction of the forearm muscles responsible for extending and raising the hand and wrist. These repetitive motions and the resulting stress on the tissue can lead to the development of small tears in the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the bony prominence on the outer side of the elbow.

While the name implies a connection to tennis, there are several other activities that can contribute to the development of tennis elbow. These include using plumbing tools, engaging in painting tasks, driving screws, handling cooking ingredients (especially meat), and the repetitive use of a computer mouse.

Is There a Difference Between Tennis Elbow & Golfer’s Elbow?

Tennis elbow refers to a condition affecting the outer part of the elbow, specifically the lateral epicondyle tendon. On the other hand, golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, affects the inner part of the elbow, known as the medial epicondyle tendon.

Individuals with golfer’s elbow typically experience pain on the inner side of the elbow, which can extend down the arm. In some cases, they may also experience numbness and tingling in the fingers. It’s worth noting that golfers can develop tennis elbow, just as tennis players can develop golfer’s elbow.

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