Tennis Elbow 

7/24/2018 | J. Todd Davis, MD

What is Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylosis)?

  • Lateral epicondylosis is the medical term for tennis elbow. Pain occurs on the outside of the elbow.
  • Lateral epicondylosis is an overuse injury of the tendon at the elbow from repeated wrist extension against resistance.


When and how does it occur?

  • Any repetitive activity can cause pain but it is commonly caused by racquet sports, typing on a computer, or working on an assembly line.
  • Tennis elbow usually occurs in your 40’s and 50’s.


How are diagnoses made?

Diagnoses are made by a physician skilled in musculoskeletal medicine and usually consists of x-rays to rule out other causes of elbow pain.


How is it treated?

  • Treatments consists of non-steroidal pain medicines, bracing, tennis elbow straps, reducing the offending cause, physical therapy and injections.
  • Occasionally, lateral epicondylosis needs surgical intervention for debridement of the diseased tendon.

If you are having chronic elbow pain that is affecting your quality of life, make an appointment with our sports physicians.


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