How many of you heard someone say they have tennis elbow but they don't play tennis? How many times do you hear that a famous tennis player has pulled out of a tournament with tennis elbow? You haven't I hear you cry!
Tennis elbow, or "lateral epicondylitis" (as it is known in the medical world) is a condition that causes pain on the outside of the elbow and often presents after bouts of repetitive lifting or unaccustomed activities (such as putting a set of furniture together with a screw driver!).
Professional tennis players rarely suffer because they have good technique and are well conditioned physically to cope with the demands of the sport. The condition can be very troublesome to treat and can take ages to resolve itself if not diagnosed early enough. The main symptom is pain on the outside of the elbow, especially when turning things (such as handles), lifting or gripping things to tightly.
There are a number of treatments that are used to treat tennis elbow ranging from elbow supports to massage to injections and all of them vary in their effectiveness depending on the stage of the injury and more importantly the individual.
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