Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a
common injury resulting in pain on the outside of the elbow. Symptoms include pain one to
two centimeters down from the bony area at the outside of the elbow. Weakness in the
wrist with difficulty gripping things and the lateral epicondyle may be painful to touch.
Initial treatment includes rest and cold therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. A brace or
support can be worn to help take the strain off the elbow. In some cases a wrist splint
is worn to help rest the muscles involved. A doctor or sports injury specialist may prescribe
anti inflammatory medication and advise on a full rehabilitation and strengthening program.
Electrotherapy and sports massage can also be used to aid healing a recovery. For more
persistent cases a steroid injection may also be given or a surgeon may operate if conservative
treatments have failed. Most tennis elbow injuries may heal quickly within two weeks
but it could last for up to two years.

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