Overuse of the forearm muscles
using a repeated twisting motion is the most common cause of
tennis elbow. These movements are common to various
jobs such as carpentry or plumbing, and many daily activities such as yard work
and lifting objects. Racquet sports, swimming, and throwing sports (such as
baseball) can also lead to tennis elbow.
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tennis elbow .
Tennis elbow injuries can result from:
Overuse. Repeated movements that involve
twisting of the elbow cause small tears in the tendon, weakening it. Overuse
depends on how hard or how long you do something. Technique, or the
way you do an activity. This includes holding equipment or a tool in a awkward
position while you use it. Equipment. This can happen, for example,
if you use a tool or sports equipment that is too heavy for you or that has a
grip that is the wrong size for your hand. A single accident, such
as a direct hit to the side of the elbow ( lateral epicondyle), or falling on an outstretched arm.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 21, 2011
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