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Tennis Elbow: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about tennis elbow.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Also known as lateral epicondylitis is a condition that occurs when the tendons in your elbow are overloaded. It usually happens due to repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. It’s not just athletes that suffer from this condition. You also don’t have to be a tennis player!

Tennis Elbow Facts – How is the Elbow Designed and What is its Function?

Tennis elbow is a complaint that mostly affects people between the ages of 30 and 50 although it can effect people irrespective of their age.


There can be various reasons for the development of tennis elbow and determining the exact cause is essential to obtain proper treatment.

The elbow joint is a complex hinge joint. It is between the distal end of the humerus in the upper arm and the proximal ends of the ulna and radius in the forearm. The purpose of the elbow joint is to allow the flexion and extension of the forearm relative to the upper arm, as well as rotation of the forearm and wrist.


Tennis elbow facts


  • It often has nothing to do with tennis.

  • Most people do not need surgery

  • Exercise can be one of the best treatments

  • Your doctor will examine more than just your elbow

  • The doctor will examine your whole upper body for range of motion and stiffness


Frequently asked questions

Can tennis elbow heal on its own?

Tennis elbow will take approximately 6 to 12 months to heal. In most cases, the condition responds to ice, rest, rehab exercises, pain medication and counterforce braces.

What happens if tennis elbow goes untreated?

It will not lead to serious problem, but if left untreated you may experience a loss of motion or function of the elbow and forearm.

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