Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
I have this pain on the outside of my elbow whenever I grip my racket, what could it be?
Lateral epicondylitis, or more commonly known as Tennis Elbow, is the most common overuse condition of the elbow. This is caused from excessive loading on the extensor muscles of the wrist that attach to the lateral epicondyle (outside of your elbow), primarily the extensor carpi radialis brevis. With repeated tension, the muscle tendons become aggravated producing inflammation & pain. In early stages of this condition, you may feel a burning sensation that starts in the elbow and runs down the arm towards the wrist.
In tennis players, this sensation or pain will be experienced after hitting the ball when their extensor muscles are slowing down the speed of the arm. If left untreated, this condition can also cause muscle weakness and an inability to grasp different objects such as rackets or baseball bats. In turn, athletes have difficulty competing and training. Stay tuned for future videos that describe special tests, cross friction massage, potential bracing, and forearm strengthening programs related to this condition!
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