How is epicondylitis diagnosed and treated

Tennis elbow

A tennis elbow is mainly noticeable through pain. The following symptoms can occur with tennis elbow:

  • drawing, burning pain in the outer elbow
  • Radiating pain in the forearm, depending on the severity also in the upper arm
  • Wrist weakness
  • Trembling of the hand
  • slight disturbance of sensation

Characteristic symptom of tennis elbow: pain

Tennis elbow usually starts with pain in the outer elbow. Pressure on the protruding bone increases the pain. Likewise, a strain on the muscles whose tendons are irritated. Stretching your wrist or middle finger, clenching a fist, and twisting your forearm are extremely uncomfortable.

Initially the elbow is mainly affected, over time the pain can radiate into the forearm and wrist, and later even into the upper arm. They then no longer disappear completely, even in a resting position.

Accompanying symptoms with tennis elbow

A tennis elbow can cause weakness in the wrist, making many everyday movements difficult: shaking hands, holding a glass or writing with a pen.

Because the tendon attachment point in epicondylitis cannot be loaded as usual, the forearm muscles are exhausted more quickly. As a result, the hands tremble as if after a strenuous activity.

With a tennis elbow, slight sensitivity disorders are also possible, such as numbness in the elbow area or tingling in the hand.