11 Facts About Tennis Elbow from Louisville Sports Medicine Specialist

1. You do not have to be a tennis player to get tennis elbow

2. Tennis elbow is typically caused by overuse or some type of trauma

3. Also called lateral epicondylitis and “archer’s elbow,” tennis elbow is a type of tendonitis

4. Tennis elbow may be caused by activities not related to sports, like painting, using a computer mouse, food preparation/cutting food and plumbing

5. Typically people experience tennis elbow in their dominant arm

6. Pain from tennis elbow intensifies when you squeeze things

7. In tennis players, backhand is more often likely to cause the symptoms of tennis elbow

8. Recovery from tennis elbow can take 4 months or longer, and if left untreated, it may lead to chronic pain

9. Though men and women of all ages can experience tennis elbow, it is more common among adults between 30 and 50. Also, men experience tennis elbow more than women

10. Tennis elbow is similar to golfer’s elbow except that tennis elbow affects the outer part of the elbow, whereas golfer’s elbow affects the inner region

11. There are stretches and exercises you can do to help prevent tennis elbow and relieve painful symptoms. See Dr. Grossfeld’s latest YouTube video featuring stretching exercises for tennis elbow for more info!

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