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Shoulder and Elbow - Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis

Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis: Overview, Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors and More | Singapore General Hospital

Shoulder and Elbow - Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis - Causes and Risk Factors

Causes of tennis elbow

Tennis elbow occurs due to a small tear/microtear in the tendon(s) on the outside of the elbow (lateral side) that attach the forearm muscles to the elbow joint (lateral eipcondyle). Repeated tears leads to the development of damage in the tendon known as angiofi broblastic hyperplasia. The microtear and subsequent development of the damaged tissue is due to forceful and repetitive forearm use.

Risk factors of tennis elbow

Age
You are at higher risk if > 40 years.

Activity
Regular tennis of more than 2 hours playing time each session, or a similar activity.

Technique
Tennis players with poor stroke technique (hitting the ball with a flexed elbow) and improper grip size.

Other factors
Hard court players are more likely to develop a problem compared to those who use other surfaces.

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