Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tennis Elbow Anatomy

To better understand lateral epicondylitis, it helps to understand the anatomy of the elbow.

The elbow is made up of three bones: the humerus, radius and ulna. The two prominent areas of the humerus on the inside and outside of the elbow are referred to as the epicondyles. The muscles that raise the wrist and hand attach to the lateral epicondyle. Overuse of these muscles can cause inflammation in this area.

Examples of elbow anatomy:

  • Bones of upper extremity and elbow
  • Left forearm extensor muscles
  • Back of the elbow showing bones and ligaments
  • Location of pain in tennis elbow

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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