Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. Despite its name, tennis elbow is not limited to tennis players, and can affect anyone who repeatedly uses their forearm muscles, such as painters, carpenters, and cooks. The condition is caused by overuse or strain on the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the outer elbow, resulting in small tears or damage to the tendons.
Symptoms of tennis elbow may include pain or tenderness on the outside of the elbow, weakened grip strength, and difficulty performing daily activities such as lifting objects or gripping items. When treating tennis elbow it is important to assess for other areas like the neck and shoulder which could be contributing factors in developing this condition.