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.
The name is suggestive considering that although the disease is not limited to tennis players, statistics indicate that well over 50% of all tennis players contact tennis elbow pain at least once in a lifetime. On the contrary only 1% to 3% of the general population contract this condition. The increasing use of computers in recent times has led to a greater number of elbow pain cases being attributed to ergonomically incorrect postures and adjustments while working on computers.
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.