Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Elbow FAQ

Question:

How could my doctor diagnose my elbow pain as tennis elbow? I've never even played the game.

Answer:

Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is not limited to tennis players. The backhand swing in tennis can strain the muscles and tendons of the elbow in a way that leads to tennis elbow. But many other types of repetitive activities can also lead to tennis elbow--painting with a brush or roller, running a chain saw, and using many types of hand tools. Any activities that repeatedly stress the same forearm muscles can cause symptoms of tennis elbow.



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