What Is It?
The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylalgia. It is described as an overuse syndrome of the extensor tendons that attach to the lateral (outside) aspect of the elbow. Tennis elbow occurs from repetitive activities or contractile overload of the extensor muscles of the forearm. Despite its name, people who play tennis make up a very small percentage of individuals with this issue. Lateral Epicondyglalgia is common among throwing athletes, weightlifters, and vocations that require single arm use such as electricians, carpenters, gardeners, and office workers. Many will try to rest and avoid the activities that provoke their pain, but ultimately this is not a good longterm solution. A treatment program that consists of manual therapy and gradual tendon strengthening exercises will help reduce pain and prevent recurrence.