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Elbow FAQ


After being told I have tennis elbow I can't believe how many other people I know who tell me they have it too. How common is this problem? Why is everyone getting it?


Tennis elbow can affect the outside of the elbow (lateral tennis elbow) or the inside (medial tennis elbow). Lateral tennis elbow is the most common muscular problem in the upper limb. Studies suggest one to three percent of the adult population is affected each year.

Some patients have no idea what caused the problem. Other report work-related or sports activities as the problem. The number of people with tennis elbow may continue to increase as adults work long hours at repetitive tasks or at the computer keyboard. Numbers may also increase as Americans try to stay in shape with exercise like tennis that can bring on tendonitis.

Esther J. Waugh, BScPT, MSc, et al. Computer Use Associated with Poor Long-Term Prognosis of Conservatively Managed Lateral Epidondylalgia. In Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. December 2004. Vol. 34. No. 12. Pp. 770-780.

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