Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a condition that occurs on the outside of the elbow that can have a major impact on your quality of life. To learn more about the causes and treatments of tennis elbow, read our article!

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylosis)

By: J. Todd Davis, M.D.

July 24, 2018

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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.


J. Todd Davis, M.D.

Dr. Davis is one of our sports medicine physicians that practices at the COPC Sports, Spine & Joint location. After completing his family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship, he served as a team physician for the Arizona Diamondbacks. With his well-rounded background and extensive knowledge of sports medicine, he is able to provide expert care to COPC patients.

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