I don’t play tennis, but I think I have tennis elbow. What does tennis elbow feel like?

One of the bones on the side of my elbow feels bruised when I touch it. It hurts when I carry things or try to lift my arm with something in my hand.

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  1. sgr8p, 02 February, 2010

    Tennis elbow is a degenerative condition of the tendon fibers that attach on the bony prominence (epicondyle) on the outside (lateral side) of the elbow. The tendons involved are responsible for anchoring the muscles that extend or lift the wrist and hand. Tennis elbow happens mostly in patients between the ages of 30 years to 50 years. It can occur in any age group. Tennis elbow can affect as many as half of athletes in racquet sports. However, most patients with tennis elbow are not active in racquet sports. Most of the time, there is not a specific traumatic injury before symptoms start. Many individuals with tennis elbow are involved in work or recreational activities that require repetitive and vigorous use of the forearm muscles. Some patients develop tennis elbow without any specific recognizable activity leading to symptoms.

    Patients often complain of severe, burning pain on the outside part of the elbow. In most cases, the pain starts in a mild and slow fashion. It gradually worsens over weeks or months. The pain can be made worse by pressing on the outside part of the elbow or by gripping or lifting objects. Lifting even very light objects (such as a small book or a cup of coffee) can lead to significant discomfort. In more severe cases, pain can occur with simple motion of the elbow joint. Pain can radiate to the forearm.

  2. webjnke1, 02 February, 2010

    Do you rest on it a lot? I worked with a guy that did that and same the same problem.

  3. Mr. Curious, 02 February, 2010

    I had a tennis ball once, and corrected it by wearing a jock each day for two weeks.

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