Tennis Elbow Could Be the Cause of Your Elbow Pain (Even if You Don’t Play Tennis)

Though the name may say otherwise, many people who experience tennis elbow don’t play tennis! Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, can affect a variety of individuals with occupations ranging from office professionals to dental hygienists to painters.

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is caused by inflammation of the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the outside of your elbow. This is usually caused by overuse or repetitive activities using the wrist and elbow.

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?

Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain, swelling on the outside of the elbow and/or weakness in grip strength.

How is tennis elbow treated?

Most cases of tennis elbow can be treated at home by practicing simple stretches, applying ice to the injury and taking over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or anti-inflammatories. If symptoms do not improve within a couple of weeks, your primary care provider may prescribe a course of formal physical therapy, steroid injection and/or regenerative medicine.

Hear more about tennis elbow from Kevin Dankert, DO, with ProMedica Sports Medicine Institute, in this video.