Hand, Shoulder and Upper Limb - Tennis Elbow - Leaflet

Tennis elbow causes pain on the outer side of your elbow. The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylosis. This is because the pain is felt around the area of the lateral epicondyle (the lower, outer, bumpy part of your humerus bone in your upper arm).

For most people with tennis elbow, the pain only occurs when they use their forearm and wrist, particularly for twisting movements such as turning a door handle or opening a jar. However, for some people the pain is constant; it occurs at rest and can affect their sleep. The pain may travel down your arm from your elbow towards your wrist. You may find it difficult to hold items such as a knife or fork, a cup or a pen, or to straighten your arm fully. Some people also notice stiffness in the affected arm.
You should not have any tingling in the arm or fingers - this would suggest some other condition such as pressure on the nerve in the neck (cervical spondylosis) or at the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome).
Golfer’s elbow is the name given to a similar condition that produces pain around the inner side of your elbow.elbow is lateral epicondylosis. This is because the pain is felt around the area of the lateral epicondyle (the lower, outer, bumpy part of your humerus bone in your upper arm).

For most people with tennis elbow, the pain only occurs when they use their forearm and wrist, particularly for twisting movements such as turning a door handle or opening a jar. However, for some people the pain is constant; it occurs at rest and can affect their sleep. The pain may travel down your arm from your elbow towards your wrist. You may find it difficult to hold items such as a knife or fork, a cup or a pen, or to straighten your arm fully. Some people also notice stiffness in the affected arm.
You should not have any tingling in the arm or fingers - this would suggest some other condition such as pressure on the nerve in the neck (cervical spondylosis) or at the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome).

Golfer’s elbow is the name given to a similar condition that produces pain around the inner side of your elbow.

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Release Date: 08 Jan 2015