Using an elbow or hand the same way over and over or with poor technique can cause epicondylitis. This is inflammation or a tiny tear in the muscle or tendon on either side of the elbow. It can cause pain, making it hard to grip things, to turn your hand, or to swing your arm. Many athletes experience this problem, so it is often called tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. But most cases are not due to sports.
Epicondylitis is the most common type of elbow problem. Conservative treatments such as rest, ice, medications and motion exercises may relieve the problem. If those steps do not alleviate the problem further treatment may include cortisone injection, physical therapy, splinting or surgery.