Outer elbow pain? Check out these tennis elbow symptoms - Be My Healer

Outer elbow pain? Check out these tennis elbow symptoms

tennis elbow symptoms

Are you bothered by pain on the outer side of your elbow? Wonder if your pain matches the tennis elbow symptoms? The chance that you are developing tennis elbow is pretty high.

  • Up to 30% of repetitive task hand workers suffer from tennis elbow
  • 40% of tennis players suffer from tennis elbow
  • The prevalence of definitive tennis elbow is 1.3%.

This is a common condition that typically affects middle aged (40 to 60 years of age) adults. 

Tennis elbow is medically known as lateral epicondylitis. It is often caused by overuse of the wrist extensor muscle, causing the muscle tendon to become irritated and inflamed.​

What does tennis elbow feel like?​

Pain in the outer side elbow

tennis elbow pain location

Tennis elbow pain normally starts on the outer side of the elbow, close to the bony prominence called the lateral epicondyle. This is where the muscles controlling your gripping motion originate.

You can pinpoint the pain if your push on the muscle origin specified in the picture.  ​Ouch! Yes, you have tendonitis in the common wrist extensor muscles.

Pain get worse with gripping and pinching activities

The gripping and pinching activities are likely the causes of your pain and injury. It is not hard to figure out what activities are the trigger of your pain. 

high risk tennis elbow pain job

Common work related triggers for the tennis elbow condition are prolonged typing, mouse clicking, writing and crafting for desk jobs. Working with vibratory tools such as in construction and factory environments causes a higher risk of developmenting tennis elbow. Other jobs with increased risk for developing tennis elbow are painters, chefs, gardeners, and etc.

Lots of younger people develop tennis elbow from playing video games.

When tennis elbow pain​ is not addressed at early stage, the pain can make daily tasks such as picking up a cup of coffee, brushing your teeth, or writing difficult to tolerate.

Often seen with secondary conditions

Tennis elbow may worsen very fast among those who push through the pain to continue with triggering activities. This is frequently seen in work-related injuries and sport training cases. 

​Frequently, tennis elbow does not develop alone. Secondary conditions such as golfer's elbow (inner elbow pain), carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome are all common among those been seen for chronic tennis elbow pain.

The inflamed muscle tendon may become brittle and fragile from repetitive microtraumas and result in muscle tears or ruptures of the wrist extensor muscle group. Recovery time for a muscle tear is significantly longer with a much more severe disability involved. Muscle rupture requires a surgical procedure to repair. 10% of tennis elbow cases require surgery.

​If your symptoms match the description above, you should take steps to prevent worsening of your elbow condition. Read about self treatment for tennis elbow here.

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