Tennis elbow is an injury that causes tenderness and pain on the outer surface of the elbow. It is also known as lateral epicondylitis. In spite of its name, the injury is not only common with tennis players but also occurs due to work related jostle injuries. The tennis elbow pain ranges from minor discomfort when using the elbow to intense pain when the elbow is still.
The pain may be become worse when twisting your arm, gripping and extending your wrist. The pain may spread to the neck and shoulders.
Here are some common tennis elbow symptoms:
- Pain and discomfort on the outer surface of the upper forearm, just beneath the elbow. The pain can extend to the wrist.
- Pain when bending or lifting your arm
- Stiffness and pain when you extend your forearm fully
- Pain when gripping objects like a pen or writing
- Wrist weakness when doing minor tasks like revolving a door handle or opening a container
This condition can last for a couple of weeks or several months since tendons take time to heal completely or you can use a recognised tennis elbow treatment to speed up the process.