What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a form of tendonitis and repetitive strain injury caused by overuse, irritation, or chronic exhaustion of the muscles and tendons connecting the elbow to the wrist and fingers. Tendon damage typically presents with hot, sharp pain in the elbow, while issues related to the musculature produce a dull aching pain in the back of the arm.
Despite the specificity of its moniker, tennis elbow does not affect tennis players exclusively; painters, plumbers, butchers, carpenters, and individuals who frequently engage in repetitive physical tasks are at risk for developing the condition.
What causes tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is caused by overuse and muscle strain. Repeated contraction of the forearm muscles used to straighten the hand and wrist can create tears in the tendons that can ultimately result in chronic pain. Although commonly associated with the racquet sport from which it gets its name, any repetitive motion of the wrist and elbow can result in tennis elbow. The condition is most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.
The most common causes of tennis elbow include:
- Tennis and other racquet sports
- Restaurant work (i.e. butchering)
- Repetitive use of a computer mouse
- Carpentry (i.e. driving screws)
Source: Mayo Clinic
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Luna’s physical therapists are experts in the treatment of tennis elbow. Our licensed PTs can improve and reduce the symptoms of tennis elbow using comprehensive treatment programs that include guided stretches, manual treatment, and pain relief techniques.
With Luna, patients can get tennis elbow treatment at home, at the office, at the gym, or at the location of their choosing. It’s physical therapy, delivered.