Tennis Elbow


Here's something you might not know. Tennis elbow usually isn't a result of playing tennis. In fact, fewer than five percent of cases are actually linked to tennis.

Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is a common injury that occurs on the outside of the arm, where your forearm meets your elbow. When your arm is constantly in use in a repetitive motion, the tendons at the elbow end of a certain muscle develop small tears. The tears lead to inflammation and often put stress on the rest of your arm, making it painful to lift and grip things.

If left untreated, the ache will turn into chronic pain and may spread. Contact Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine if you experience pain or difficulty gripping objects. Your doctor may ask you to do simple actions to check for pain in parts of your arm. He or she may order an MRI scan. Typically, tennis elbow can be treated with exercise, physical therapy and medication.

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