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Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow is due to inflammation of the tendons that attach the extensor muscles of the wrist to the elbow joint. This inflammation causes pain on the outer side of the elbow, that can extend into the forearm, or even into the upper arm, to the neck.

For most people the pain occurs when they use the elbow or wrist, especially with activities such as turning door handles or opening jars. However, some people experience pain all the time, along with stiffness and difficulty in using cutlery, or a pen.

It is thought to be caused by lots of small tears (micro-traumas) in the tendons, often due to repetitive twisting activities, such as playing racquet sports, wringing clothes, or using a screw driver. It can also occur as the result of one major injury (macro-trauma).

Golfer's elbow is a similar condition that affects the inner side of the elbow.

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