What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is caused when the tendons in the forearm, near the elbow, are overworked. Overuse results in inflammation and sometimes even produces small tears in these tendons. And despite its sport-specific name, the injury isn't exclusive to tennis players—anyone can get it. So while those are common movements on the court, they're every day motions as well. It can occur with any work or recreational activity that involves repetitive use of the wrist extensors, including painting, cooking, or using the computer mouse excessively.
Treatment for Tennis Elbow
There are a range of treatments orthopedic specialists may offer, depending on how severe your pain and how long you’ve experienced symptoms. Once correctly identified, you may see relief from something as simple as using the correct elbow or wrist brace to help with the symptoms. Physical therapy that focuses on stretching and strengthening the muscles around the elbow and wrist may also be used to help minimize the symptoms. Occasionally other treatments such as a steroid injection or surgical treatment may be necessary.