- improper backhand stroke
- weak shoulder and wrist muscles
- using a too tightly strung or too short tennis racket
- hitting the ball off center on the racket or hitting heavy, wet balls
- painting with a brush or roller
- operating a chain saw
- frequent use of other hand tools on a continuous basis
What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
The following are the most common symptoms of tennis elbow. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.
Initially, the pain may be felt along the outside of the forearm and elbow. The pain may increase down to the wrist, even at rest, if the person continues the activity that causes the condition. Pain may also persist when the arm and hand are placed palm-down on a table and the person tries to raise the hand against resistance.
The symptoms of tennis elbow may resemble other medical problems or conditions. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
How is tennis elbow diagnosed?
The diagnosis of tennis elbow usually can be made based on a physical examination. However, in some cases, an x-ray of the elbow is necessary.
Treatment for tennis elbow:
Specific treatment for tennis elbow will be determined by your physician based on:
- your age, overall health, and medical history
- extent of the condition
- your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, and therapies
- expectation for the course of the condition
- your opinion or preference
Treatment for tennis elbow includes stopping the activity that produces the symptoms. Treatment may include:
- ice pack application (to reduce inflammation)
- strengthening exercises
- anti-inflammatory medications