Tennis elbow is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. It cause by playing tennis or other racquet sports. However, several other sports and activities can also put you at risk. Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.
176 men and 246 women aged 24 to 86 years from a mountain village in Japan. The prevalence of lateral epicondylitis in a mountain village in Japan was 3.8% Of the 422 subjects, 47 had elbow pain and 16 of them were diagnosed to have definite lateral epicondylitis. 15 of them were right-handed and had involvement of the left and right sides; the remaining one was left-handed and had involvement of the left side.
Approximately 80% to 95% of patients have success with nonsurgical treatment. The first step toward recovery is to give your arm proper rest. This means that you will have to stop participation in sports or heavy work activities for several weeks. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines like aspirin or ibuprofen reduce pain and swelling.