Tennis Elbow Symptoms & Causes

Who is at risk for tennis elbow?

  • Tennis elbow affects more men than women
  • Tennis elbow affects people of any age, but most patients tend to be between 30 and 50 years of age
  • Between 1 and 3 percent of the overall population has tennis elbow
  • Up to 50 percent of tennis players have tennis elbow (but less than 5 percent of tennis elbow cases are related to actual tennis)
  • Golfers
  • Baseball players
  • Bowlers
  • Gardeners or landscapers
  • House or office cleaners
  • Carpenters
  • Mechanics
  • Assembly-line workers

What causes tennis elbow?

Repeated contraction of the forearm muscles used to straighten the hand and wrist, causing small tears in the tendons attaching the forearm muscles to the outer part of the elbow.

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?

The following are the most common symptoms of tennis elbow. However, each adolescent may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • pain, especially over the outside area of the elbow
  • pain that gets worse when shaking hands or squeezing objects
  • pain with wrist movement
  • forearm weakness

The symptoms of tennis elbow may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your adolescent's physician for a diagnosis.