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Sports Medicine

Tennis elbow

07/31/2008

Question:

Can I get tennis elbow from my elbow locking? Could the locking cause damage to the tendon?

Answer:

If your elbow is truly "locking" - which is typically caused by a "loose body" such as a piece of cartilage or bone within the joint cavity - you should be evaluated by a physician ASAP to determine the cause and receive the proper treatment. "Tennis elbow" refers to a painful tendon at the elbow, which is not a cause for elbow locking. If your elbow is locking, this would not cause tennis elbow, nor cause damage to a tendon, but could damage the cartilage coating of the joint surfaces if a loose fragment within the joint is the cause of locking.

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Response by:

Brian L Bowyer, MD Brian L Bowyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University