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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tennis Elbow

This condition (Tennis Elbow) plagues many a racquet sports player and has been described for over a century, originally being named lawn tennis arm. It is also called lateral epicondylitis. It is certainly not confined to tennis players and can occur with a wide range of activities from carrying groceries to keyboard & mouse use. It must be carefully differentiated from other conditions, which also cause pain around the outside of the elbow.

This injury is an inflammation at the elbow attachment of the muscles, which bend the wrist and fingers backwards. These muscles originate from the bony point on the outside of the elbow and they are strongly activated to stabilize the wrist with any gripping motion. When load onthe muscles becomes more than they can resist, microscopic tears of the tendon can result. These tears cause inflammation that results in sharp pain on the outside of the elbow or in the forearm muscles with any gripping, lifting or carrying activity.


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