possible tennis elbow?

im not sure if i have tennis elbow or not, but here are my symptoms:

pain on the outer side of my arm- the part between the shoulder and elbow.

it runs only on the outside of it and sometimes around the elbow.

i do have pain lifting objects sometimes. however, if i take a break from tennis for about a day or 2, it goes away, but will come back if i start hitting too much.

i have 16’s pro hurricane tour for mains, and VS gut for crosses, but before my strings broke and the injury started happening, i had 17’s pro hurricane tour and VS gut. (which seemed to serve me well for about 6 months-ish at 60 lbs/58 lbs)

both times i had the tension at 60/58, and one more time with the 16’s again i had 58/58.

i believe that the pain will go away if i switch back to 17 pro hurricane tour 60 lbs. with 16 VS gut 58 lbs. however, i want to make sure the injury goes away before i hit again.

so do i have tennis elbow, and if so, what is the best way to treat it?
also, i’ve only had it for the past 2 weeks, on and off, so not too far into the problem yet.

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  1. James M, 11 October, 2009

    Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is the most common injury in patients seeking medical attention for elbow pain. Exactly what causes tennis elbow is unknown, but it is thought to be due to small tears of the tendons that attach forearm muscles to the arm bone at the elbow joint.
    The muscle group involved, the wrist extensors, function to cock the wrist back. Specifically, the extensor carpi radialis brevis has been implicated in causing the symptoms of tennis elbow.

    What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
    Patients with tennis elbow syndrome experience pain on the outside of the elbow that is worsened by grasping objects and cocking back the wrist. The most common symptoms of tennis elbow are:

    Pain over the outside of the elbow

    Pain when lifting objects

    Pain radiating down the forearm
    The pain associated with tennis elbow usually has a gradual onset, but it may also come on suddenly. Most patients with tennis elbow are between the ages of 35 and 65 years old, and it affects about an equal number of men and women. Tennis elbow occurs in the dominant arm in about 75 percent of patients. Anyone can be affected, but tennis elbow is most commonly seen in two groups of people:

    Manual Laborers
    People who work with their hands are at greater risk of developing tennis elbow. Jobs that may lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters, gardeners, and carpenters.

    Sports Participants
    Sports participants, especially racquet sport players, are prone to developing tennis elbow. About a third of regular tennis players experience tennis elbow at some point in their careers. In addition to racquet sports, tennis elbow is seen in golfers, fencers, and other sports participants.
    Are special tests needed to diagnose tennis elbow?
    X-rays of patients who have the diagnosis of tennis elbow are almost always normal. Other tests, such as an EMG, are sometimes conducted if there is confusion about the diagnosis.

    Other causes of pain over the outside of the elbow include instability of the joint, elbow arthritis, and radial tunnel syndrome. The symptoms of these conditions are usually distinct, but in some cases they can be confusing.

    What is the problem occurring in tennis elbow?
    No one knows for certain, but there are several ideas. It is known that tennis elbow is not simply an "inflammation" of the tendons around the joint. The problem is thought to be more of a degenerative process as a result of aging or repetitive use. The symptoms may be the result of an incomplete healing response in an area that does not have good blood flow and therefore has difficulty accessing nutrition and oxygen necessary for healing. This leads to degeneration of the tendon causing small tears.

    When do I need to see the doctor for tennis elbow?
    Bring the following symptoms to your doctor’s attention:

    Inability to carry objects or use your arm
    Elbow pain that occurs at night or while resting
    Elbow pain that persists beyond a few days
    Inability to straighten or flex your arm
    Swelling or significant bruising around the joint or arm
    Any other unusual symptoms
    Read on for more information about treatments of tennis elbow…

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