Tennis Elbow

Why do I have Tennis Elbow?

The Causes
Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is a type of tendinitis which is the inflammation of tendons that attached to the elbow. This type of injury causes pain in the elbow and forearm. Tennis elbow can be caused by activities such as tennis, squash and racqetball. However, this type of injury can also affect people who do repetitive gripping activities, especially if they use the thumb and first two fingers, like carpentry, painting, knitting, etc.

The Signs and Symptoms
-Tenderness and swelling on the outer part of the elbow
-Morning stiffness in the elbow and wrist
-Soreness in the forearm
-Pain worse when grasping or holding objects

How Can Physical Therapy Help Me?
Physical therapy can help you with pain relief, swelling and muscle weakness caused by tennis elbow. With physical therapy sessions, you will progressively gain more strength, become more fonctional and return to your normal activities without pain. If you need more information about your injury, contact our physical therapists at Excel Physical Therapy of Naples, Inc.