Tennis elbow can be a very painful injury. Contrary to its name, it is not limited to those who play tennis. Anyone who repetitively uses their elbows, forearms, and wrists are susceptible to getting tennis elbow. Athletes, carpenters, line cooks, or even painters may develop this common over use injury.
For those who have tennis elbow, they feel pain on the lateral (outside) side of the elbow where the elbow and forearm meet. The tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the bone get over used and start to tear. When small tears begin, pain and inflammation occur, and often more stress is put on the rest of the arm, making gripping and lifting items more difficult.
What to do if you start to develop tennis elbow?
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.