Lateral epicondylitis is often referred to as “tennis elbow.” It is an overuse injury to the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the outer part of the elbow.

Tennis elbow is not common in children or teens but can occur in this group with repetitive activity. This is most often seen in young patients who play tennis or other racquet sports.

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What are the signs and symptoms of tennis elbow?

  • Pain with wrist extension
  • Pain with grip or holding
  • Decreased grip strength
  • Forearm weakness

What causes Lateral Epicondylitis tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is the result of repetitive stress/repeated activity. Causes include playing certain sports, painting or using some tools.

How is tennis elbow diagnosed?

  • Physical exam
  • X-rays if necessary

How is tennis elbow treated?

Treatment depends on the extent of your child’s injury. There are several non-surgical treatment options to treat tennis elbow:

  • I.C.E. – Rest, ice, compression and elevation
  • Activity modification or restriction
  • Anti-inflammatory medication (e.g., ibuprofen)
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Elbow strap for support

Doctors at Connecticut Children’s can determine the right plan to treat your child’s injury.