If you have tennis elbow, you may have wanted to take pain relievers. Tennis elbow afflicts 6.5 to 9.5 million Americans each year, and less than five percent of them actually play tennis.
The rest are people who perform repetitive arm movements for work or leisure, including manufacturing and construction workers, plumbers, landscapers, carpenters, mechanics, golfers, gamers, crafters and more.
Tennis elbow is caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons in the forearms, which, over time, can weaken the tendon and cause microscopic tears. This leads to inflammation and pain in the forearm and elbow. Symptoms appear gradually but typically worsen, and can include:
- Dull pain, achiness or sharp twinges in the elbow
- Difficulty gripping or lifting
- Pain when shaking hands, turning a doorknob, brushing teeth and cutting food
- Discomfort in wrist
- Numbness or tingling in fingers