Did you know that tennis elbow occurs in only about five percent of people who play tennis?
Anatomically, the cause of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is repetitive use of the forearm extensor muscles, especially if they weren’t used much previously. Practically any occupation, sporting endeavor, or household activity that has repeated use of the forearm and wrist may lead to this condition.
In many cases, tennis elbow may not be strictly an elbow problem. Many patients with this condition have dysfunction at the wrist and shoulder as well.
Dr. Salinas has advanced training in sports injuries and is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, offering specialized care for the athlete that includes injury treatment and athletic performance enhancement. Knee pain, elbow and shoulder pain are common problems that frequently respond well to expert chiropractic care.
Tennis elbow is most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50, but can affect people of all ages.
People with tennis elbow complain of pain that expands from the outer elbow into their forearm and wrist. The pain primarily occurs where the tendons of the forearm attach to the bony areas on the outside elbow. In addition to pain, people with tennis elbow experience weakness that makes it particularly difficult to hold a coffee cup, turn a doorknob, or even shake hands. Tennis elbow can also cause weakness when twisting or grabbing objects.
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