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What is the cause of tennis elbow?

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Overuse: Tennis elbow is painful, chronic tendinopathy involving the common extensor origin. Frequently, symptoms begin with a period of increased activity. By definition, an overuse injury is when the rate of tissue injury exceeds the body's ability to heal.

Answered 3/8/2013

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Chronic overuse: Tennis elbow occurs due to repetitive micro tearing of the wrist extensor muscles. Eventually changes occur in the tissue making it difficult to heal. Surgery is rarely required. Treatments is trying to avoid the cause, wrist splint or tennis elbow brace, ice, massage, rehabilitation and sometimes a steroid injection.

Answered 10/23/2017

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