elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is
a painful injury that afflicts the outer
side of the elbow. Tennis elbow is often
confused with two additional injuries
that are caused by the overuse of certain
body areas, and they are golfer’s
elbow and bursitis. In the case of tennis
elbow, the pain is experienced on the
outer part (lateral) of the elbow and
the onset of pain is usually gradual
with tenderness felt on or below the
elbow joint's bony prominence. The pain
that is experienced inside of the elbow
(medial) indicates that the individual
is suffering from golfer’s elbow.
Bursitis is a condition that causes
swelling on the elbow joint and the
elbow is painful at the back of the
Causes and Risk Factors
causes of tennis elbow have not yet
been identified, but it is believed
that it may be caused by muscle strain,
excessive use of muscles, injury, or
repetitive motion around the elbow area.
Overstraining and overuse of the muscle
tissues damage the tendons and cause
inflammation. The tiny breaks and tears
in the tendon cause the symptoms of
The name “tennis
elbow” is a misnomer because this
condition affects anyone who strains
his or her elbow muscles, rather than
exclusively affecting tennis players.
However, sports persons and those involved
in manual labor work are more vulnerable
to developing tennis elbow.
especially those involved in racquet
sports and golf, have a higher risk
of developing tennis elbow. These people
might contract this injury by using
poor backhand techniques.
If you are engaged
in manual labor such as carpentry, painting,
plumbing, gardening, or handling heavy
machinery, you may have high chances
of experiencing this kind of injury.
of succumbing to tennis elbow also depend
on what activities are performed and
how they are performed. Individuals
who perform activities that involve
unsteady wrist and elbow movements such
as throwing or hitting objects with
the hand are more prone to developing
tennis elbow. Additionally, activities
involving repetition, application of
force, and fixed posture may raise the
possibilities of developing tennis elbow.