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.