Tennis Elbow | Lateral Epicondylitis

Causes

Tennis elbow is an overuse injury.

The muscles and tendons of your forearm that allow you to straighten and bend back your wrist and hand are attached to the outside of your arm bone (your humerus). With repetitive use and stress, some micro tears and inflammation of those tendons may occur.

Your body tries to heal those tears, which normally can take some time.

The activities that can cause these tears include:

  • playing tennis
    • particularly, repeated use of the backhand stroke with poor technique
  • using tools
    • plumbing
    • painting,
    • raking
17 June, 2010