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Elbow Pain

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Elbow pain that occurs on the outer part of the elbow could be due to lateral epicondylitis also known as tennis elbow. Lateral epicondylitis is when there is swelling of the tendons that extend or bring the wrist backwards. Tendons connect muscle to bone, and the most common tendon with lateral epicondylitis is extensor carpi radialis brevis.


Common causes of tennis elbow include:

  • Backhand hitting during tennis

  • Repeated use of hand tools

  • Repetitive computer use

  • Heavy lifting

  • Jobs with one sided movements including electricians, carpenters, chefs

  • Gardening


Symptoms of lateral epicondylitis may include pain or an ache on the outer part of the elbow and forearm. As time progresses, the pain may go down to the wrist and increase in intensity. The grip strength may decrease and could become painful trying to lift objects such as a water bottle or mug. Here at Walnut Physical Therapy and Performance a physical therapist will evaluate the elbow and determine a treatment plan to help you return to your daily activities, job duties and hobbies. Treatment may include hands on manual therapy, stretching, strengthening and mobility exercises.


-Leanne Komoda, PT, DPT

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