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Symptoms and treatments for Epicondylitis - tennis elbow

Updated on October 5, 2013

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Epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is a condition where the elbow becomes inflamed and tender. While it can happen anyone, especially those who are active, it is most common in middle age people. The disease is idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause. A possible cause of tennis elbow is repetitive motion, such as bending the arm repetitively over a period of time.

A picture showing tennis elbow.
A picture showing tennis elbow.


The most common symptoms is pain in the elbow. This pain may radiated through the entire arm to the wrist and hands. It is persistent and does not go away, though it may be lessened with pain relievers. It may be difficult to bend the arm, shake hands or even turn a doorknob.

Great Exercises

  • Wrist Stretches
  • Wrist Extension exercises
  • Forearm Pronation exercises
  • Wrist ROM (range of motion) exercises


Treatment for tennis elbow includes a wide range of therapeutic exercises to help strengthen muscles in the arm to reduce symptoms. Exercises include stretching and light weightlifting. Examples of these exercises are below. Both an image and video show a variety of techniques to help relieve symptoms.

Exercises for tennis elbow.
Exercises for tennis elbow.

Pain Relief for Tennis Elbow


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