Tennis Elbow - Anatomy

My regular readers will know that I believe anatomy to be the cornerstone of understanding an injury. This section may be wordy and technical for some of you. I apologize for that, but at least the pictures are pretty.

 Lateral epicondylitis was first described in 1973 by Runge and in 1883 Morris first attributed the condition to tennis - "lateral elbow pain in the tennis player." That gives us a pretty good idea of the area we will be looking at. Epicondylitis is a bit of a misnomer as studies have shown that there really isn't much of a inflammatory process, but more on that later.

Tennis Elbow - Introduction

Tennis elbow - or lateral epicondylitis for you keeners - sucks. I should end this post right there, but I won't. Instead I'm going to write a three part post. If you've read my sciatica series or my ACL series then you'll know what to expect. If not, then what you'll get here is an introduction followed by three sections 1. Anatomy 2. Causes and Symptoms and 3. Treatment.

I encourage you to bookmark this page for quick reference. The above list will be hyperlinked as the articles go up. From here you can just click the section you're interested in reading. If my past experience with these types of posts is any indicator then most of you will only be interested in the treatment section. That's perfectly fine. I just want to give you all the option to learn a little more about tennis elbow before reading about treatment.

With all that being said stayed tuned for Part 1 - Tennis Elbow Anatomy.