Pain of the outside of the elbow, known as Tennis Elbow, is tendonitis and called Lateral Epicondylitis. The cause of this condition is repetitive overuse of the extensor muscles of the forearm. The injury occurs where the tendons of the forearm attach to the bony knob on the outside of the elbow. The pain primarily occurs where the tendons attach, but the pain can also extend from the outer elbow into the forearm and wrist. Tennis elbow is most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50 but can affect people of any age.
Tennis Elbow can be caused by any activity which overuses the forearm and wrist: typing on a keyboard, using the mouse, playing an instrument, fishing, painting, playing sports, plumbing, gardening, housework, and much more. The problem is that once the elbow area is inflamed and painful, even simple activities of daily living can aggravate the condition. Turning a doorknob, lifting a bag, shaking hands, or holding a glass can cause pain and reveal actual weakness.
Tennis Elbow is often associated with subluxations (misalignments) of the cervical spine (neck). This is because the cervical spine is the area that supplies the nerve flow to muscles and tendons of the elbow.
Tennis Elbow can heal with conservative care consisting of specific adjustments of the cervical spine and elbow; trigger point therapy to the offending muscles, Cold Laser; and sometimes an elbow support or tape to allow the injured areas to heal.