Symptoms of tennis elbow are pain about 1-2 cm down from bony area on the outside of the elbow called the lateral epicondyle. Tennis elbow symtoms will mean weakness in the wrist with difficulty doing simple tasks such as opening a door handle or shaking hands with someone. Tennis elbow diagnosis tests are movements that reproduce pain including: Pain on the outside of the elbow when the hand is bent back (extended) at the wrist against resistance.
Pain on the outside of the elbow when trying to straighten the fingers against resistance. Pain when pressing just below the lateral epicondyle on the outside of the elbow. See tennis elbow diagnosis video for more information on how tennis elbow is diagnosed.
Injuries with similar symptoms: The symptoms for this injury are very similar toentrapment of the radial nerve which we recommend you also have a look at. It is important to have the neck examined as well, as elbow pain can be referred from problems in this region. See theneck pain for further details. What is Tennis Elbow?Lateral epicondylitis occurs most commonly in the tendon of the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis muscle at approximately 2cm below the outer edge of the elbow joint or lateral epicondyle of the humerus bone. Specific inflammation is rarely present in the tendon but there is an increase in pain receptors in the area making the region extremely tender.
Causes of tennis elbow Overuse or repetitive strain caused by repeated extension (bending back) of the wrist against resistance. Or gripping heavy objects like a manual screw driver, weight training or handling bricks. A poor backhand technique in tennis. If the wrist is bent when striking a back hand the huge forces are transferred through the tendons to the elbow rather than through the entire arm. A racket grip that is too small. This will make the muscles work harder increasing the forces through the tendon. Strings that are too tight. More shock and energy will be transmitted through the forearm from the ball. Playing with wet, heavy balls. Repetitive activities such as using a screwdriver, painting or typing.
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