Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is a type of tendonitis that causes pain in the elbow and arm. It affects approximately one-third of the tennis population, from beginners to professionals.
Though it is the most common injury among those who play tennis, tennis elbow can be brought on by other repetitive wrist extension tasks such as gardening, golfing and overuse of computer keyboards.
Individuals suffering from tennis elbow may report that they have pain at the outer side of the elbow while performing activities using the hand or wrist. As a result, daily activities such as typing, ironing, vacuuming, writing or even lifting a coffee cup may become too painful to perform. For tennis players, some of the causes of tennis elbow can be playing too long or too frequently, poor stroke mechanics with the back hand swing, improper equipment relating to grip size, string tension, racket weight, frame rigidity or the length of the racket.
The following can help you avoid tennis elbow:
When Playing Your Game
When Choosing and Maintaining Equipment
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Source: American Society of Hand Therapists