April 6th, 2012

Health N' Sports: Tennis Elbow

Staff Report

Health N' Sports: Tennis Elbow
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic shares insight on a common elbow injury

As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation.

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Did you know that lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as “tennis elbow,” is usually caused by something other than tennis? One of the most common conditions affecting the elbow is actually an overuse injury causing pain and inflammation at the attachment of the muscle group that extends the wrist.

The “backhand” stroke in tennis can lead to tennis elbow; however any activity that involves repetitive twisting of the wrist can lead to this condition. Repeated movements in the same pattern can lead to small tears in the tendon. This leads to irritation and pain where the tendon attaches to the bone.

Signs and Symptoms include:

  • Pain radiating from outside of the elbow during twisting or grasping.
  • Weak grasp
  • Pain with resisted wrist extension
  • Tenderness on the outside of the elbow i.e. lateral epicondyle (see diagram)


  • Rest
  • Frequent applications of ice
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Activity modification
  • Bracing

Consult your physical therapist or physician if symptoms persist. Additional conservative treatment options may be indicated.

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For more information or to make an appointment:

  • Main Office: 502-897-1794
  • Physical Therapy: 502-897-1790

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