Tennis elbow is a common problem among sportsperson. It is usually caused by the overuse of the hand muscles including arm and forearm.
Nevertheless, this problem has nothing to do with Tennis! The condition derived its name from Tennis, as it is common among the tennis players.
You will be surprised to know that many famous sports personality suffer from this problem. Some of the names are Sachin Tendulkar (Indian Cricketer), Stuart Clark (Cricket Bowler, Australia) and Jim Vanek (Tennis Player). All these popular sportspersons suffered a lot due to Tennis Elbow.
Tennis elbow is also known as ‘Golfer’s elbow’.
We need to dive deeper into the problem in order to understand it in a better way.
Dr. Anil Arora, Head of Unit and Lead Consultant, Department of Orthopaedics, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Patparganj, Delhi has thrown some light on this problem.
It is a condition which is caused by an injury to the muscles and tendon area around the elbow, especially the outer bony area attached to the muscles of the forearm. In the case of a tennis elbow, a person is not able to move their hand freely. This problem is caused by degenerative changes rather than inflammation.
People who are physically active or the gym-goers might also develop this problem due to the overuse of the muscles around the elbow.
People who indulge in activities which require repetitive arm and elbow movement are more commonly affected by Tennis Elbow.
Athletes, golfers, tennis players, carpenters, cleaners, labourers, mechanics, etc are at high risk.
First of all, the Tennis Elbow is diagnosed through physical examination or X-ray.