By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute
Tennis elbow is caused by an overload of the arm and most often disappears by itself in the course of a few months. You can try to relieve the arm. Your general practitioner can prescribe painkilling medication, refer you to physiotherapy and give you an injection in the elbow. In the case of pain lasting several months, an orthopaedic surgeon can perform surgery to stop it.
Tennis elbow is the most common cause of pain in the elbow with adults. Tennis elbow is caused by an overload of the elbow by repeating movements of lower arm/wrist and is for example seen with carpenter work, painting, using a computer mouse or writing. In spite the fact that it is called a tennis elbow, only very few people with a tennis elbow have played tennis.
The pain arises a few days after the overload and is described as a dull ache on the outside of the elbow that radiates out into the lower arm. The pain is worsened by using the elbow and therefore, some people have trouble drinking from a glass or may actually drops things.
Most cases of tennis elbow disappears by itself without treatment in the course of a few months but in a few cases, the nuisances can last for months.