Lateral Epicondylitis : Tennis Elbow
Lateral Epicondylitis is a very common injury to the outside of the elbow tendon where the muscles attach. It is usually caused by overuse or repetitive activity which can break down and inflame the tendon. Even though it is commonly known as Tennis Elbow, the injury occurs more often with trade labors that include repetitive strain and bending in the wrist, such as gripping heavy objects or using manual tools. Symptoms include pain about an inch below the outside of the elbow and a weakness in the wrist.
- Recurring pain on the outside of the upper forearm just below the bend of the elbow; occasionally, pain radiates down the arm toward the wrist
- Pain caused by lifting or bending the arm or grasping even light objects such as a coffee cup
- Difficulty extending the full forearm fully because of inflamed muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Pain that typically lasts for six to 12 weeks; the discomfort can continue for as little as three weeks or as long as several years