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Tennis Elbow

What is Tennis Elbow?

  • Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) is a painful inflammation of the bony bump on the outside of your elbow.
  • This bump is where the tendons of the muscles that extend your wrist and fingers attach. 

What causes Tennis Elbow?

  • Tennis elbow is caused by overuse of the muscles involved.
  • Associated with activities such as racquet sports (tennis, racquet ball) golf, etc.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain and/or swelling on the outside of the elbow.
  • Pain that travels down the forearm during wrist movement.
  • Often painful to lift objects or to shake hands with someone.

What can I do to feel better?

  • Activity modification - avoid activities that increase pain.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Compression can be helpful to decrease swelling and pain.

When should I see a medical professional?

  • If rest, ice, and compression are not improving the condition.
  • If you are uncertain about the severity of the condition.
 

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