Lateral Epicondylitis

What You Need to Know

Lateral epicondylitis is more commonly known as “tennis elbow.” It is also considered tendinosis of the elbow and often occurs from overuse.

Causes

As a common issue in athletes, lateral epicondylitis can be caused by poor sporting technique and inappropriate sporting equipment. It can also be caused by lack of muscle conditioning and overuse of the elbow.

Symptoms

  • Numbness or tingling is unlikely.
  • Pain over the lateral (outer) elbow.
  • Pain worse with gripping and wrist extension.
  • Pain worse with repetitive activities.
  • Weakness in grip may occur.

Physical therapy can entail stretching and strengthening of the wrist extensors. If conservative care doesn’t produce results, surgical intervention may be an option.