Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition caused due to excessive use of arm, handmuscles and forearm that may lead to pain in elbow. It is caused due to either subtle injury of the muscle or inflammation of the tendons present outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow can develop in anyone who overuse the tendons of the forearm and is not limited to only tennis players. If you want to know what increases the risk and how it can be diagnosed, please keep reading.
Usually it affects the dominant arm, i.e. right arm in right-handed person and left arm in left handed person. However, it can affect the non-dominant arm or both arms.
What are its symptoms?
The symptoms are:
- Pain that moves from the elbow to the forearm and wrist
- Pain that becomes worse while shaking hands or squeezing objects
- Pain that increases while using tools, opening jars or handling simple objects such as toothbrush, knife or fork
What causes it?
Tennis elbow occurs as a result of repetitive usage of hand and wrist which can cause tiny tears in the tendons present in the arm. Activities such as excessive use of hammer or screwdriver, painting etc can cause this condition.
In the game of tennis, the below movements can result in tennis elbow:
- Backhand stroke with poor form
- Late forehand swing that results in bending the wrist significantly
If you experience any of the symptoms of tennis elbow, consult a physiotherapist online at eVaidya now!
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