Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Lateral Epicondylitis also more commonly known as Tennis Elbow is an inflammatory response due to a series of microscopic tears of the common extensor tendon and its associated muscle groups on the outside of the elbow. This condition is not limited to tennis players, as the repetitive action of elbow use is part of normal daily activities. For example using hand tools, painting, or using a mouse can lead to lateral epicondylitis.This repetitive action causes microscopic tears in the ligament of the common extensor muscles of the wrist due to the continuous microtrauma. Pain may travel up or down the forearm and is made worse with movement, a loss of grip strength and an aching feeling in the forearm can also be present.
Lateral epicondylitis can be confused with a Myofascial Trigger Point or Osteoarthritis.