Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tennis Elbow Underlying Cause

Tendons attach the muscles of the forearm to the lateral epicondyle. Strenuous use of the forearm muscles can cause inflammation of the bone where the tendons attach to the lateral epicondyle. Inflammation of this area results in lateral epicondylitis.

Causes include:

  • Sports
  • Occupational injuries

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Last Updated: May 23, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Tennis Elbow References
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