Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a degenerative condition caused by repetitive stress injuries of the elbow that occur when the muscles and tendons in the elbow area are torn or damaged.
Tennis elbow is usually caused by repetitive activities that strain the tendons in the elbow area, such as hitting backhand in tennis or playing other raquet sports. The risk increases as your child ages and plays harder or more competitive games.
The following are the most common symptoms of tennis elbow. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of tennis elbow may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
Specific treatment for tennis elbow will be determined by your child's physician based on the following:
Treatment may include:
Some tips for preventing injury include the following:
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