Can you only get tennis elbow from playing tennis?

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a repetitive stress injury to the extensor tendons in the forearm. While many tennis players do get tennis elbow, only about 5% of cases are actually from playing tennis! Studies have shown that auto mechanics, chefs, and butchers are more likely to get lateral epicondylitis than the average person. Excessive computer work can also be a cause. 


Treatment for lateral epicondylitis should include stretching and strengthening (particularly eccentric, or the lowering phase of an exercise). Active Release Techniques helps break up scar tissue along the muscle fibers. Taping can help decrease pain by blocking the pain signals up to the brain. And laser can help accelerate tissue healing.