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.
Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain in the elbow that moves to the forearm and wrist, pain while squeezing objects, opening jars etc.
Are you at risk?
The following factors increase your risk:
- Age: This condition affects people who are between 30 and 50 years of age.
- Certain jobs: Plumbers, painters, carpenters, cooks etc who have to repetitively move their hands are at an increased risk of experiencing this condition.
- Certain sports: A person who participates in racket sports is more likely to develop this condition.
How is it diagnosed?
The doctor will conduct a physical exam in which he will apply pressure to the affected area. He/she can also ask you to move your elbow, wrist and fingers in various directions.
He/she will ask your medical history. Some cases may require X-rays and other types of imaging tests.
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