Lateral epicondylitis is commonly known as “tennis elbow” and is the result of a constant strain on the outer part of the elbow joint (Lee et al., 2015) through overuse. Mainly affected are the tendons and muscles surrounding the lateral side of the elbow; generally the tennis elbow is an inflammation of the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle.
Extensor tendinopathy is a common injury associated with activities requiring repetitive use of the wrist and hand particularly wrist extension. Repetitive use of
the forearm muscles can lead to either microscopic tears within the tendon origin and or collagen disruption and in growth of blood vessels.
Although it is strongly linked to sports (tennis, climbing, swimming etc), it is also common in industrial workers or workers and waiters; in which case it is hard to avoid the aggravating movement (Lee et al., 2015).
Management of this condition requires a specialised strengthening programme, aggravating factors must be avoided and training techniques analysed and modified.
Lee T.F. et al., 2015, Tennis Elbow Diagnosis Using Equivalent Uniform Voltage to Fit the Logistic and the Probit Diseased Probability Models, BioMed Research International, doi: 10.1155/2015/585180