Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylosis is a condition that arises when there is microtrauma to the muscles at the back of the forearm which results in pain and inflammation. These muscles in the forearm act to extend the wrist and are also used when gripping a racket. Therefore with repetitive use can become irritated and inflamed. Typically the inflammation is not controlled which leads to a chronic situation whereby the collagen in the tendon is affected and thus an accumulation of scar tissue develops at the outside aspect of the elbow.
Signs and symptoms to look for if you have tennis elbow
Essentially, the various external forces (e.g. squeezing) exceed the tolerance of the soft tissues (muscles and tendons) and therefore this must be corrected in order promote recovery and prevent any future occurrences.
Here are some factors to consider if you want to prevent lateral elbow pain:
Be sure to get assessed by a healthcare professional in order to ensure an accurate diagnosis as there are many conditions which may affect the elbow and its surrounding structures.
Article by Dr. Khaled Dossa BSc (Kin), DC