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Tennis Elbow Causes and Symptoms

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Despite its name, tennis elbow affects not just tennis players. The phrase refers to a painful alteration in particular tendons in the elbow region. It is brought on by repetitive activities that cause overstraining. Tennis players, as and other people, often do such movements.


An overload in the elbow's outer region causes tennis elbow. Microcracks in the tissue are caused by straining, repetitive motions, or a rapid increase in force without properly prepared muscles. Such micro-injuries are most common in fibrous cartilage and tendons. The pain may spread to the lower or upper arm as a consequence.

Tennis elbow is caused in theory by unilateral stress and past treatments of diseases.

Tennis elbow may be caused due to overuse of arms in sports and repetitive motions with minimal stress in daily life and at work. Tennis elbow is common in people who spend a lot of time on the computer (particularly with the mouse), certain craftspeople (regular hammering), musicians, domestic workers, and sports (such as tennis players or rowers).

Age-related and microscopic injuries may result in micro-injuries in the elbow area, resulting in tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow might be caused by previous ailments as well. It might be the result of a past injury or a joint illness. Tennis elbow may potentially be exacerbated by previous conservative or surgical therapy in the elbow region.


The tennis elbow is characterized by pressure pain on the surface of the elbow. They are most evident where the fingers and hands extensor muscles join to their tendon attachments. Also, those who are impacted are frequently unable to fully flex the elbow joint. A sense of weakness in the wrist is another symptom. Strong gripping, a firm fist closure, holding a cup, and a strong grip while shaking hands become difficult.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors may suggest applying ice therapy and using bandages on the affected region to get relief from the tennis elbow. Physical therapy and stretching and strengthening exercises may also help patients suffering from this condition.

You may stretch and strengthen your arm muscles as part of your chiropractic treatment, but do them only when you feel you are no longer in significant pain while doing so. In the initial stages of the condition, specifically focused strength training may be beneficial. Chiropractors think that this decreases blood flow in the right area, which lessens pain.

Physical therapy may be used to treat tennis elbow. Wrist massage and cold or heat therapies may also help in treating this condition. The state of the injury determines whether the affected region should be iced or warmed. Cold has a relaxing effect during the acute stage and after intense activity. During In the chronic stage, heat may prove more beneficial.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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