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Tennis Elbow

What Is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of the elbow, which involves the tendons that join the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow.

Common Causes

Overuse and repetitive use can cause tennis elbow. Some tennis players are diagnosed with this problem, but it is more often seen in workers that do repetitive lifting or movements.


History and physical exam by a qualified musculoskeletal expert is the first step. X-ray or MRI scanning may be required.


There are both surgical and non-surgical treatment options available. Non-surgical options include rest, taking anti-inflammatory medications, or wearing a brace. If non-operative treatment fails, open or arthroscopic surgery could be recommended.

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