What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is a repetitive stress injury of the elbow that happens when the muscles
and tendons in the elbow area are torn or damaged.
What causes tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is usually caused by repetitive activities that need you to extend your
wrist, such as hitting backhand in tennis or playing other racquet sports. The risk
increases as your child ages and plays harder or more competitive games.
What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
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
talk with your child's healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment for tennis elbow
Specific treatment for tennis elbow will be discussed with you by your child's healthcare
provider based on the following:
Your child's age, overall health, and medical history
Extent of the injury
Child's tolerance for specific medicines, procedures, or therapies
Your opinion or preference
Treatment may include:
Rest the area
Ice packs to the area
Stretching and strengthening exercises
Wearing an elbow strap called a counterforce brace. It must be worn properly or it
can worsen the condition.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen
Prevention of tennis elbow
Some tips for preventing injury include the following:
Perform warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after tennis play that includes
stretching the muscles in the arm.
Use appropriately-sized tennis equipment. Racquet handles and heads that are too big
or too small or strings that are too tight or too loose can put more stress on the
Evaluate poor tennis technique that may be contributing to the problem. Learn new
ways to play that avoid repeated stress on the joints.