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Tennis elbow is an inflammatory condition of the common extensor muscle over the lateral condyle. It is also known as Lateral Epicondylitis.

Common causes of Tennis Elbow are as below:

  • Extensive work of wrist
  • Sudden contracture of extensor origin
  • Unknown causes

Symptoms of tennis elbow include:

  • Pain from activities that use the muscles that extend the wrist (e.g. pouring a container of liquid, sweeping, especially where wrist movement is required)
  • Weak grip and pain in wrist movements
  • Pain over the back of forearm


Tennis elbow can be diagnosed by X Ray and also Cozen test.

Cozen test: It is done when the pain increases with resisted extension of wrist in full elbow extension.

Treatment done is:

  1. Modalities: These include Ultrasound and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS).
  2. Massage therapy
  3. Exercises
  4. Splint: Immobilizing the part

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