Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is often caused by motions of the forearm and wrist, leading to small tears in the tendons and resulting in pain and limited function. At HSA, we specialize in diagnosing and treating tennis elbow, providing comprehensive care to help alleviate symptoms and restore comfort.
Symptoms of tennis elbow
The symptoms of tennis elbow typically develop gradually and may include:
- Elbow Pain: Persistent pain on the outside of the elbow, which may radiate down the forearm. The pain is often exacerbated by gripping or lifting objects and activities involving wrist extension.
- Weakness: Weakening of the forearm muscles makes it challenging to perform activities requiring a firm grip or wrist movements.
- Tenderness: The area around the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow, known as the lateral epicondyle, may be tender to the touch.
- Stiffness and Limited Range of Motion: Difficulty fully extending or bending the elbow due to pain and stiffness.
- Worsening Pain with Activities: Pain tends to worsen during or after activities that involve wrist or forearm movements, such as playing tennis, using a screwdriver, or typing.