This condition, commonly called tennis elbow,is a degeneration of the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle, the bony bump on the outer side of the elbow.


Inside the Elbow

The muscles that pull the wrist back are called extensor muscles. These muscles join together and attach to a single tendon at the elbow. This tendon, called the common extensor tendon, attaches to the lateral epicondyle.

Cause of Damage

This condition is caused by repetitive trauma or aging.


Common symptoms include tenderness and pain at the lateral epicondyle, and this pain can be made worse by bending the wrist.


Treatment will be determined by your physician and may include rest, an arm brace or wrist splint, physical therapy, steroid injections, ice and anti-inflammatory medications.