Tennis elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is a condition that causes pain and tenderness around the outer elbow joint. It is called tennis elbow because it commonly affects people who play racquet sports such as tennis or badminton.
The condition is also common amongst manual workers, although it can happen to anybody.
Usually, tennis elbow is caused by overusing the tendon that attaches your wrist muscles to your outer elbow joint.
Degeneration of this tendon causes microscopic tears to form, causing pain to occur around the outer elbow joint, usually across the part where the bone sticks out the most.
The condition can usually be self-managed easily at home. To read more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of tennis elbow, download our patient information leaflet.