Tennis elbow is a type of tendinitis-- swelling of the tendons -- that causes pain in the elbow and arm.
These tendons are bands of tough tissue that connect the muscles of your lower arm to the bone.
Despite its name, you can still get tennis elbow even if you've never been near a tennis court.
The Causes of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow usually develops over time. Repetitive motions -- like gripping a racket during a swing -- can strain the muscles and put too much stress on the tendons. That constant tugging can eventually cause microscopic tears in the tissue.
Tennis elbow might result from:
It can also affect people with jobs or hobbies that require repetitive arm movements or gripping such as: