by Dr. Teaette Louderback, Doctors Express Timonium,
Do you experience elbow pain when you open a jar or shake hands? You may have lateral epicondylitis or "tennis elbow," a condition caused by the overuse of muscles in the arms and hands, which can result in injury to the muscles and tendons surrounding the elbow.
Tennis elbow is common in people who play sports that include repetitive arm, hand, wrist and elbow movement, especially while gripping tightly to, say, a racquet. But other occupations, such as gardening, playing guitar or assembly line work can result in the same injury. Also at an increased risk are plumbers, carpenters, cleaners, painters, butchers and folks who type and/or grip a computer mouse for many hours a day. The condition is most prevalent in men ages 30 to 50, but anyone can be affected.
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