Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

By Michelle Duclos ATC/Sports Medicine Director

Tennis Elbow

This condition, commonly called tennis elbow, is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to the elbow. The pain is primarily felt at the lateral epicondyle, the bony bump on the outer side of the elbow.

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Ergonomics can play a key role in decreasing the stress on the lateral elbow.  Many people who have to use a computer can aggravate this condition by the use of regular computer mouse.  Excessive right clicking can cause pain over the lateral epicondyle.  You may want to try a vertical mouse instead.  The change in the position of your hand on the vertical mouse may reduce wrist extension and the torque being placed on the a tendon.


Clear image display of a vertical mouse

Image of Vertical Mouse

JOI Physical Therapy Can Help Treat Elbow Pain

“At the JOI Sport Center, we have programs to treat tennis elbow and work with tennis players to return them back to the sport that they love.”, states Dr. Michael Yorio, the Jacksonville Jaguars Internal Medicine Physician and Internal Medicine/Sports Medicine Physician at the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.

JOI Rehab can help treat elbow pain with various modalities and formal physical therapy/hand therapy.  Modalities such as ice, E-stim, Laser, moist heat, ultrasound, massage, and acupuncture.  Therapy can also help by improving ROM of the wrist and elbow with stretching and passive range of motion.  If you want to schedule an appointment, call 904 858-7045.

Here is an excellent video on the condition of lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow.

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