• Laura Scott, PT, MPT, Clinical Director

ELBOW PAIN? YOU MIGHT HAVE TENNIS ELBOW


You don't have to play tennis to experience the agony of tennis elbow. The painful tendon inflammation caused by overuse of forearm muscles can be caused by all sorts of repetitive activities like typing, painting, knitting, gardening, and yes, even tennis.

Lateral epicondylitis is commonly known as tennis elbow which is a condition causing pain to outer aspect of elbow (lateral epicondyle) especially with gripping activities. It is similar to golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) which is located on the inner aspect of elbow. Lateral epicondylitis is acute or chronic inflammation or degeneration to the tendons of the wrist extensors leading to pain and tenderness. Extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) is most commonly involved.

Causes

Proof of the exact pathogenesis or cause of this disorder is still lacking, though it is thought to be an early degeneration/ microtrauma of the flat tendon origin