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"Tennis elbow" is a common term for a condition caused by overuse of arm, forearm, and hand muscles that results in elbow pain. You don't have to play tennis to get this, but the term came into use because it can be a significant problem for some tennis players.
Tennis elbow is caused by either abrupt or subtle injury of the muscle and
tendon area around the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow specifically involves
the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside
bony area (called the lateral epicondyle) of the elbow. Your doctor may
call this condition lateral epicondylitis. Another common term, "golfer's
elbow," refers to the same process occurring on the inside of the
Tennis elbow most commonly affects people in their dominant arm (that is, a right-handed person would experience pain in the right arm), but it can also occur in the nondominant arm or both arms.
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