Tennis elbow, medically known as lateral epicondylitis, is a prevalent condition characterized by pain and tenderness on the outer side of the elbow. Despite its name, it doesn't exclusively afflict tennis players but can affect anyone engaging in repetitive gripping or wrist extension activities. This overuse injury typically arises from repetitive strain, leading to microscopic tears in the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus bone.

Activities such as playing tennis, painting, typing, or using tools can exacerbate symptoms. The pain associated with tennis elbow often worsens with gripping objects, twisting the forearm, or extending the wrist.

Treatment usually begins with conservative measures such as rest, ice therapy, and soft-tissue work to strengthen the muscles and improve flexibility. Additionally, using a brace or strap to reduce strain on the affected tendons may be beneficial.

Prevention strategies include proper technique and equipment in sports, ergonomic adjustments in the workplace, and gradually increasing intensity or duration of activities to avoid overuse. Understanding the symptoms and risk factors associated with tennis elbow can help individuals take proactive steps to prevent and manage this common condition, facilitating a faster and smoother recovery process.

If you're experiencing any elbow discomfort, give Legros Chiropractic & Rehab a call today to get scheduled.