Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a rather common condition that affects the tendons in the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow, known as the lateral epicondyle. Tendons attach muscle to bone. The tendon most commonly involved in tennis elbow attaches to a muscle called the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB).

When overused, the tendon can degenerate and cause pain in the area. It is particularly painful in patients who must do repeated wrist extension activities.

Our Approach to Tennis Elbow

For most people, tennis elbow gets better with simple measures, such as rest and stretching. Surgery is rarely needed, but it is an option if pain persists.

For those who need surgery, our team includes orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the arm, as well as physical therapists who focus on working with orthopedic and sports medicine patients. We work together to relieve pain and restore mobility, so patients can return to their normal lives and the activities they enjoy.

Awards & recognition

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    Best hospital in Northern California

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    One of the nation’s best in orthopedics

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.