How painful is tennis elbow?

One of the symptoms of tennis elbow is pain and tenderness on the lateral side of the elbow in the bony knob. This is the point where the injured tendons are connected to the bone. The pain may keep shifting between this point and the upper/lower arm. Even though the pain originates in the elbow, you will experience pain every time you perform something with your hands.

Tennis elbow will be most painful when you:

  • Lift something
  • Grip or make a fist around an object
  • Perform activities like opening a pen or shaking hands
  • Stretch your wrist or raise your hand

It’s to be noted that tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are similar conditions, where the tendons on the inside of the elbow are affected.