Tennis elbow can appear in many different ways. Sometimes symptoms of Tennis elbow develop gradually, because of the same type of work for several years. Some might get it suddenly, after starting a new type of work. It also can develop acutely because of violent muscle exertion or an injury.
Tennis elbow can cause extreme pain and tenderness on the outer side of the elbow. The pain may radiate outwards when the wrist and elbow are moved in certain ways. This is one of the chief symptoms of Tennis elbow. Patients may complaint of:
- Pain while straightening the fingers
- Difficulty and pain while bending the wrist
- Pain while moving the forearm at palms up position. This is one of the characteristic symptoms of Tennis elbow.
- Difficulty and pain on gripping and lifting objects or twisting the forearm
- Pain gets worse on shaking hands or squeezing objects
- Pain also gets worse by lifting things, using tools, opening jars, or even handling simple objects like toothbrush, knife and fork.
Patients may also complain of other symptoms of Tennis elbow like mild swelling, hardness and tenderness on touch.