Most of us have probably heard the term, but may not know exactly what it is, what causes it, and how to treat it.
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is the inflammation of the tendons that surround the outside of the elbow. This is usually caused by overuse, when participating in tennis, golf, weightlifting, or any other activities that require a lot of gripping. What you will usually experience is pain at rest or during these activities that is located on or near the bump on the outside of your elbow, and weak grip strength. In some cases tennis elbow can be referred pain from the neck of the shoulder as well.
The most important question is… how can this be treated?
Improving the way the joints glide when you move your elbow, massage, laser treatment, dry needling. Also, a combination of rest, ice, and compression of the muscles and tendons around the outside of the elbow as well as strengthening of the muscles that surround the elbow and forearm are beneficial.