Tennis elbow: A clinical review article

J Orthop. 2019 Aug 10;17:203-207. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2019.08.005. eCollection Jan-Feb 2020.


Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow is a common condition that presents with pain and tenderness around the common extensor origin of the elbow. Tennis elbow is estimated to affect 1-3% of the adult population each year and is more common in the dominant arm. It is generally regarded as an overuse injury involving repeated wrist extension against resistance, although it can occur as an acute injury (trauma to the lateral elbow). Up to 50% of all tennis players develop symptoms due to various factors including poor swing technique the use of heavy racquet. It's also seen in labourers who utilise heavy tools or engage in repetitive gripping or lifting task. In this article, we discuss the existing literature in the field and the current thinking on optimum treatment modalities. We have reviewed the literature available on med line and have discussed the condition with our specialist colleagues in the field.

Keywords: Lateral epicondylitis; Repetitive strain; Tennis elbow; Treatment.

Publication types

  • Review