What does practicing in the Ozark Mountains of rural southern Missouri mean?  It means that in twenty years of practice, I have never one time seen a case of “Tennis Elbow” caused from playing too much tennis.  However, I treat lots of people suffering with Tennis Elbow. 

The proper name for Tennis Elbow is Elbow Extensor Tendinosis (sometimes called Lateral Epicondylitis).  If you do not know the difference between Tendonitis and Tendinosis, please take a moment to visit our TENDINITIS -vs- TENDINOSIS page.  Tendinosis of the elbow’s extensor tendons is far more common than tendinosis of the elbow’s flexor tendons. In fact, there is a debate in the orthopedic field over whether Tendinitis even exists.

All of the major extensor muscles of the elbow have one attachment point.  This point is called the Common Elbow Extensor Tendon and is found at the elbow’s Lateral Epicondlyle.  Let me show you two ways to find it. 

  • Hold both arms out in front of you like Frankenstein.  Now bend one arm 90 degrees and grab hold of your other elbow.  Your middle two fingers will probably be grasping in the area of the Common Extensor Tendon. 
  • Pretend that you are revving a motorcycle. Grab the hand throttle and give it some gas.  Now really crank that throttle open.  As your knuckles move back toward your forearm, you will begin to see and feel a ball of muscle on the outside of your elbow.  This is the Common Extensor Tendon.

The Common Extensor Tendon (Lateral Epicondyle) is the most common place to find Tendinosis in the elbow, and is where all of the various elbow extensor muscles attach.  Extensor Tendinosis of the Elbow is extremely common and is caused chiefly by overuse.  This overuse is usually in the form of things that involve gripping, grabbing, pulling, or twisting.

Lateral Epicondylitis Tennis Elbow


Three years of struggling with Extensor Elbow Tendinosis is what finally led me to discover the TISSUE REMODELING TREATMENT that I have been doing for over 12 years now.  You can read the complete story on our ABOUT US page.  You can also read about real people who have had quick relief of the Chronic Pain of Tendinosis by going to our PATIENT TESTIMONIAL PAGE.  Just click on the link for lots more pictures and information about LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS.   I also have a page on GOLFER’S ELBOW (MEDIAL EPICONDYLITIS) for those who need it.

One response to “TENNIS ELBOW / EXTENSOR TENDINITIS (Lateral Epicondylitis)

  1. Esko

    Thank you has helped identify my pain. Cheers Esko

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