Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): Symptoms & Signs

Tennis elbow is a condition that causes elbow pain due to inflammation of the tendon at the outer portion of the elbow. The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis.

Associated symptoms of tennis elbow can include dull pain in the outer elbow, tenderness, stiffness, and weakness. The range of motion of the elbow joint is normally not restricted. Swelling is also not typically present.

Causes of tennis elbow

The cause of the inflammation is a strain injury to the tendon at the outer portion of the elbow. While this can occur during a backhand tennis shot, it can also occur from many other repetitive activities that can strain the elbow, and people develop most cases from other types of activity.

Other tennis elbow symptoms and signs

  • Outer Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Pain That Radiates to the Lower or Upper Arm
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness


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Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019
Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.