What Is Tennis Elbow and What Causes It?

Q:
What is tennis elbow and what causes it?

A:
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm.

Tennis elbow is a common injury that will usually heal with minor treatment, but you have to give it time and rest.

As the name suggests, playing tennis — especially repeated use of the backhand stroke with poor technique — is one possible cause of tennis elbow. However, many other common arm motions can cause tennis elbow, including:

  • Cutting up cooking ingredients, particularly meat
  • Driving screws
  • Painting
  • Repetitive computer mouse use
  • Using plumbing tools
* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.