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What Is Tennis Elbow?

"Tennis Elbow" is a common term for elbow pain caused by overuse of arm, forearm, and hand muscles that results in elbow pain.

Most of the muscles that extend your wrist are attached to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow called the lateral epicondyle. Sometimes, through injury or overuse, the site where these muscles insert can become irritated or inflamed. This condition is called lateral epicondylitis or "tennis elbow". Activities involving repetitive wrist extension are a common cause of this condition, for example: tennis, carpentry, knitting, or lifting objects with your palm facing down.


The pain from Tennis Elbow often begins as an intermittent or gradual discomfort during activity and progresses so that even simple activities, like holding a coffee cup, become painful. Pain may increase when you straighten your arm, grip a doorknob or shake hands. The pain commonly radiates into the forearm, sometimes to the wrist.

How We Can Help

Getting you back to normal as soon as possible is our number one goal. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:

Chiropractic Adjustment to improve flexibility and improve pain.

Myofascial Release to remove long-standing tightness

Therapeutic Exercises to strengthen weak muscles and help hold adjustments