Tennis elbow is an overuse and muscle strain injury. The cause is repeated contraction of the forearm muscles that you use to straighten and raise your hand and wrist. The repeated motions and stress to the tissue may result in a series of tiny tears in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the bony prominence at the outside of your elbow.
Tennis elbow is an overuse injury of the extensor muscles of the wrist, in which pain and tenderness are felt at the attachment of these muscles at the outer side of the elbow (figures 1 and 1a). The pain may radiate into the arm, wrist and fingers. Figures 1 and 1a. Diagram of where the extensor muscles of the wrist attach to the outer side of the elbow ('tennis elbow') The injury usually develops gradually, as a result of multiple micro ruptures and scar tissue at the muscle attachment.
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Whatever the cause of this overuse injury, tennis elbow usually presents as a small area of chronic pain on the lateral aspect of the elbow. Other characteristic symptoms are pain on wrist extension, pain when shaking hands, and frequently a weakened grip. Even lifting a cup of coffee can precipitate pain.
July 10, 2020. Tennis elbow is the common term for lateral epicondylitis, an inflammatory condition of the tendon that connects the extensor muscles of the lower arm to a bony prominence on the outside of the elbow called the lateral epicondyle. The condition causes pain at the point where the tendon attaches to the epicondyle.
Tennis players with medial epicondylitis will complain of pain along the medial aspect of their elbow (the side of your elbow closest to your body when your palm is facing up). Pain can sometimes radiate down the forearm. Typically forehands, serves and overheads are the most painful strokes.
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Your forearm muscles, which attach to the outside of your elbow, may become sore from excessive strain. When making a backhand stroke in tennis, the tendons that roll over the end of our elbow can become damaged. Tennis elbow may be caused by: Improper backhand stroke. Weak shoulder and wrist muscles.
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