What are the causes tennis elbow?
A common cause in tennis is poor backhand technique or a grip that is too small. A small grip will mean the muscles in the elbow must work harder and become inflamed. The majority of people getting tennis joint pain in the elbow are between 40 and 50 yrs but it can affect athletes of any age. (Is this because 40 - 50 yr olds are the ones with more time to play?)
Hitting tennis backhands with a 'wrist' action will put far too much strain on the elbow. The wrist should be firm and not bent when the ball is struck so the forces can be spread over the arm, shoulder and the rest of the body. If you imagine a ball travelling at 70mph and over hitting the end of a long lever made up of your arm and the tennis racket then all that force is focussed on the tiny insertion of the tendon of the lateral epicondylitis.
It is not just tennis players who suffer with tennis elbow. Repetitive tasks such using a screwdriver or hammer or opening heavy doors can also cause lateral epicondylitis.
Chronic tennis elbow can be a difficult injury to treat so it is important you do the correct thing as early as possible.
Signs and symptoms of tennis elbow / lateral epicondylitis include:
Other injuries and conditions with symptoms similar to tennis elbow:
Please see the Virtual Sports Injury Clinic for more informationon how to treat Tennis Elbow