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.
Overall, 90% to 95% of patients with tennis elbow will improve and recover with the treatment plan described previously. However, about 5% of patients will not get better with "conservative" therapy and will need surgery to repair the injured muscle-tendon unit around the elbow. Eighty percent to 90% of patients who have surgery will improve with pain relief and return of strength.
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.