What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors for
tennis elbow include:
- Activities that involve repeated movements of
the forearm, wrist, and fingers. This includes grasping and twisting arm
movements done in jobs (such as carpentry, plumbing, or working on an assembly
line), daily activities (such as lifting objects or gardening), and sports
(such as racquet sports, throwing sports, or swimming).
techniques while doing certain movements, such as gripping a handle or twisting
- Improper equipment for work, daily activities, and
sports, such as using a hammer or a tennis racquet with a grip that is the
wrong size for your hand.
- Age. Tennis elbow is most common in
people who are in their 40s.
- History of tendon injuries. Some
susceptible to tendon injury, based on a history of
various tendon injuries such as
rotator cuff disorders.
If you think that your workplace activity is causing elbow
pain or soreness, talk to your human resources department for information on
other ways of doing your job, equipment changes, or other job assignments. For
more information, see the topic
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
January 10, 2013
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