Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis does not only occur in tennis players. Anyone who carries out any repetitive movements of the forearm such as; golfers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and individuals with excessive use of a computer mouse etc. can be diagnosed with tennis elbow. The backhand motion of a tennis swing has the most direct impact on that area and is what gives the condition its name. It is the overuse of the extensor or supinator muscles of the forearm and wrist that causes tennis elbow to occur. The pain is felt on the outside of the elbow and can often be described as a knifelike pain that can be pinpointed.
The initial treatment is rest, ice, compression and elevation. If it is a fairly new injury you will need to rest for 3-6 weeks and correct any poor technique before returning to the activity. If it is a longer standing injury it can take up to 6 months to improve. You should achieve full, pain free range of motion, followed by a strengthening program that focuses on the muscles that stabilize the upper body and reduce strain on the elbow, before returning to your sport or activity.