Tennis Elbow is caused when tendons in your elbow are overloaded.

Pain from Tennis Elbow starts where the tendons of your muscles in the forearm attach to the outside of your elbow. Athletes aren’t the only ones that can experience pain from Tennis Elbow, despite its name, people in other professions that require different types of motions can develop it as well.


Pain from Tennis Elbow typically radiates from the outside of the elbow to the forearm and wrist. Pain and other issues can make it hard to:

  • Shake hands or grip an object

  • Turn a doorknob

  • Hold a coffee cup


Overuse and muscle strain is the primary cause of Tennis Elbow. Repetitive contraction of the muscles in the forearm cause stress to the tissue and can result in tiny tears in the tendons.

There are many causes that can lead to Tennis Elbow:

  • Using plumbing tools

  • Painting

  • Driving screws

  • Cutting up tough foods

  • Repetitive computer mouse use

Risk Factors

Here are a few things that can increase the risk of developing Tennis Elbow:

  • 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

  • Certain sports – Participating in racket sports increases your risk of tennis elbow, especially if you employ poor stroke technique.

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