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Tennis Elbow

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is an injury of the tendons in your elbow. Tendons are strong tissues that connect muscle to bone.

Tennis Elbow

What causes tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is caused by overuse of the muscles in your forearm. These muscles are used to straighten your arm or lift your hand and wrist. Fast, repeated arm movements can lead to inflammation and small tears in your tendon. Tennis, painting, and manual labor are common activities that can cause tennis elbow.

What are the signs and symptoms of tennis elbow?

How is tennis elbow diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will feel around your elbow to check for painful areas. The provider will check the movement of your elbow, wrist, and fingers. An x-ray, ultrasound, or MRI may show tendon damage. You may be given contrast liquid to help the tendons show up better in the pictures. Tell the provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the provider if you have any metal in or on your body.

How is tennis elbow treated?

Treatment options

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