Tennis Elbow Pain

Arms | Orthopaedics | Tennis Elbow Pain (Symptom)


The lateral epicondyle is the outside elbow bone where tendons attach muscles of the forearm. These tendons may be injured, especially with repetitive movements of the forearm, such as using a manual screwdriver, washing windows, or hitting a backhand in the game of tennis.


Tennis elbow leads to inflammation of the tendons, causing pain on the outside of the elbow, from time to time with the heat and swelling, but always with local sensitivity.

Pain can be particularly noticeable towards the end of the day. Twisting or repetitive activities that strain the tendon often causes increased pain.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Radiographs are usually normal, but chronic tendinitis that has occurred, x-rays may reveal calcium deposits in the tendon or reveal other unforeseen abnormalities of the elbow joint.