Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

What is it?

Tennis elbow is a condition that causes pain on the outer aspect of your elbow at the point where many tendons of the forearm attached to the bone. These tendons are attached to the muscles that extend and straighten your wrist. Overuse of these activities can put strain on the tendon which can lead to small tears and inflammation.


  • Outer elbow pain on twisting movements of the wrist such as when opening a door as well as when gripping small objects such as a pen which may travel down the forearm
  • Tenderness on touching the outside of the elbow
  • Elbow stiffness, especially in the morning, when fully extending the elbow
  • Mild swelling and heat over the outer elbow


  • Playing racquet sports such as tennis but other sports can also cause this to develop including throwing sports
  • Overuse of the muscles in the forearm such as when using garden sheers, a screwdriver while decorating
  • Activities that require fine, repetitive hand and wrist control such as typing, drawing or sewing
  • Activities that involve repeated elbow bending such as playing a violin

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