What muscle is damaged in tennis elbow?

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  1. domerpilot, 05 February, 2010

    The elbow joint is made up of the bone in the upper arm (the humerus) and one of the bones in the lower arm (ulna). The bony bumps at the bottom of the humerus are called the epicondyles. The bump on the outer side of the elbow is called the lateral epicondyle.

    Lateral epicondylitis is a condition that causes pain and tenderness in the bony bump on the outer part of the elbow. The condition occurs as a result of overusing the forearm muscles that straighten and raise the hand and wrist. When these muscles are overused, the tendons become inflamed by the constant tugging at their point of attachment, the lateral epicondyle. Small tears in the tendon tissue can occur, and the muscles may strain and irritate their attachment at the bone.

  2. fritz134x, 05 February, 2010

    I’m pretty sure it’s actually the tendon or ligament.

  3. gr8ss4opper, 05 February, 2010

    The elbow area is a complicated network of tendons and ligaments. The muscles in the forearm help dampen shock to the elbow. I think "tennis elbow" is used describe many different tendon and ligament problems in that general area. Tendon/ligament damage takes a long time to heal, and its worse for tennis players who continue to damage it with poor form or bad equipment (dead, stiff strings, or light, head heavy racquets). Glucosamine supplements might help some people. But I think most tennis players should do some weight training as a preventative measure.

  4. Anonomys, 05 February, 2010

    i think itz the tendon i have tennis elbow too, it kills!!!

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