Anyone can get tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), not just athletes. Repetitive arm motions weaken arm muscles and tear the tendons that attach muscle to bone. Tennis elbow can cause pain when you bend or straighten your arms or grasp or lift items. Most people get relief without surgery.
Age. While tennis elbow affects people of all ages, it's most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50. Occupation. People who have jobs that involve repetitive motions of the wrist and arm are more likely to develop tennis elbow. Examples include plumbers, painters, carpenters, butchers and cooks.
July 10, 2020. Tennis elbow is the common term for lateral epicondylitis, an inflammatory condition of the tendon that connects the extensor muscles of the lower arm to a bony prominence on the outside of the elbow called the lateral epicondyle.
Tennis players aren't the only ones at risk for problems in the forearm and elbow; bowlers, golfers, cross-country skiers, softball players and racquet-sport players also are susceptible. Repetitive activities of daily living or employment - scooping ice cream, supermarket checking, gardening, lifting suitcases, carrying a briefcase - can also cause or aggravate elbow problems.
Tennis elbow, a meaningless title when it comes to the large majority of cases, most often describes an injury to the tendon of the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle. Because this muscle is involved in so many of our daily activities, it can be hard to give it the rest it needs to heal.
Athletes are not the only people who get tennis elbow. Many people with tennis elbow participate in work or recreational activities that require repetitive and vigorous use of the forearm muscle. Painters, plumbers, and carpenters are particularly prone to developing tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow is similar to a golfer’s elbow. The only difference is golfer’s elbow occurs on the inner part of the elbow while a tennis elbow on the outer part of the elbow. Tennis elbow is a rare condition for young players. In other words, your chance of developing a tennis elbow is 1% – 3% if your age is under 40.
When it comes to tennis elbow, you have to do motions that specifically strengthen the forearm extensor muscles and the tendons associated with it. That’s the next section. #1 Strengthening Exercise: Strengthen the Extensor Muscles with Negative Reverse Wrist Curls