Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

Tennis Elbow
Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Recurring pain on the outside of the upper forearm just below the bend of the elbow; occasionally, pain radiates down the arm toward the wrist
  • Pain caused by lifting or bending the arm or grasping even light objects such as a coffee cup
  • Difficulty extending the forearm fully because of inflamed muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Pain that typically lasts for six to 12 weeks; the discomfort can continue for as little as three weeks or as long as several years

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.

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