Lateral elbow tendinosis, commonly called tennis elbow, is an injury to the tendons or muscle-tendon units involved in wrist movement.

What is Tennis Elbow?

The muscles of the outer forearm are commonly referred to en masse as the wrist extensors. These muscles originate from the outer aspect of the elbow. Injury to this region will present as pain at the outer aspect of the elbow. Muscular dysfunction can also refer pain to this region.  

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Physical therapists are trained in evaluation and examination of lateral elbow tendinosis and related conditions. Symptoms include:

  • Point tenderness on the area of injury
  • Pain and/or weakness with grip
  • Stiffness
  • Sensation of ache in the region, particularly at night

Who Gets Tennis Elbow

A recent study on the epidemiology of tennis elbow (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25656546) found the annual incidence of the condition to be 2.4 people per 1000 in 2012. affects 1 – 3 percent of the population. The authors found that the condition is slightly more common in women than in men and peak incidence is between the ages of 40 and 49. The condition can arise from overuse or repetitive acvity as well as faulty ergonomics at a work station or desk.  

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Many patients see resolution to the their symptoms with physical therapy. Physical therapists help identify the precise location of the injury and guide patients on the path to healing and return to work activities or sport. Contact us now to schedule your consultation.