Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm.
Tennis elbow is a common injury that will usually heal with minor treatment, but you have to give it time and rest.
As the name suggests, playing tennis
— especially repeated use of the backhand stroke with poor technique — is one possible cause of tennis elbow. However, many other common arm motions can cause tennis elbow, including:
- Cutting up cooking ingredients, particularly meat
- Driving screws
- Repetitive computer mouse use
- Using plumbing tools