Tennis Elbow, Plumbers Elbow, Painters Elbow?

Also known as “lateral epicondylitis”, Tennis Elbow is a condition where there is pain at the outside of the elbow, where muscles of the forearm attach to the bone.


Racquet sport players, painters, carpenters and plumbers are prone to developing Tennis Elbow due to the repetitive nature of their sport/job, but is widely known as Tennis Elbow (rather than Plumbers Elbow or Painters Elbow).

Tennis Elbow is an “overuse” injury. The repetition involved with using the muscles of the forearm to straighten and extend the wrist/hand results in issues with the muscles of the forearm and the tendons that attach those muscles to the bony bit on the outside of the elbow. 

Pain begins slowly and gradually worsens over weeks. In addition to pain at the elbow weakness in your grip strength may also occur while trying to:

  • turn a door knob
  • hold a cup of coffee
  • try to pick something up

If you have these symptoms and/or pain on the outside of your elbow or in the muscles of the forearm you could be dealing with Tennis Elbow. We can help! Call us to learn more 403.521.2278.

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