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.