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Common Tennis Elbow Symptoms

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on October 17, 2011 - 11:21 pm (311 views — 360 words)

The onset of tennis elbow symptoms are quite gradual. The most common symptom is pain characterized by a dull aching or soreness on the outer part of the elbow that disappears within 24 hours after exercise. Over some time, the pain stays noticeably longer. The condition deteriorates as the person observes that simple activities such as lifting or carrying objects can already cause pain. Pain starts to spread to the hand, other parts of the arm, shoulder, or neck. Commonly, the dominant arm is the one affected (your right arm if you are right-handed, left arm if you are left-handed). Tennis elbow is typically accompanied by pain and tenderness on the outside of your elbow. The pain continues to travel down the forearm.
Once the arm and elbow is utilized for some movements (particularly for twisting) pain is excruciating. Pain is worsened too by performing repetitive wrist movements, such as wrist extension and repeated gripping.

Tennis elbow can vary in severity, but you will usually have the symptoms listed below.

* Repeated pain on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of your elbow. There are instances where you would feel pain down your forearm towards your wrist.

* Bending or lifting of the arms results to pain

* Pain when writing or when holding small objects. Handling a small items such as pens becomes a difficult task.

* Pain is felt when twisting movements like holding a door knob or opening a jar is performed.

*Fully extending the forearm is unbearable due to the pain.

Usually, tennis elbow symptoms can last between six months and two years. Still, a high percentage of people who experience tennis elbow symptoms can get well.

The pain of tennis elbow begins with a mild discomfort to severe pain that can be felt even when your elbow is still or when you are asleep. It is not uncommon to experience stiffness in your arm over time as the damage to your tendon increases.

Your body would also adjust to the weakness in your elbow, the stiffness can also be experienced in other parts of the body such as shoulder and neck.