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Tennis elbow

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Tennis elbow, which symptoms does it have?

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Not surprisingly, playing tennis or other racquet sports can cause this condition However, several other sports and activities besides sports can also put you at risk. It leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. There are many treatment options for tennis elbow. In most cases, treatment involves a team approach. Primary doctors and chiropractors provide the most effective care. Chiropractors adjust the elbow, but also check your spine for misalignments, which can slow the healing process of the elbow. Your elbow joint is a joint made up of three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus) and the two bones in the forearm (radius and ulna). There are bony bumps at the bottom of the humerus called epicondyles, where several muscles of the forearm begin their course.

The bony bump on the outside (lateral side) of the elbow is called the lateral epicondyle. Recent studies show that tennis elbow is often due to a non-functioning elbow joint. This occurs during a tennis groundstroke, for example. This affects a muscle in your forearm leading to inflammation and pain.

Athletes are not the only people who get tennis elbow. Many people with tennis elbow participate in work or recreational activities that require repetitive and vigorous use of the elbow joint or repetitive extension of the wrist and hand. Painters, plumbers, and carpenters are particularly prone to developing tennis elbow. Studies have shown that auto workers, cooks, and even butchers get tennis elbow more often than the rest of the population. It is thought that the repetition and weight lifting required in these occupations leads to injury.

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