(By Grace Rollins, LAc) Tennis elbow, of course, isn't limited to tennis players. It's fairly common in the martial arts community, and I certainly warded off my own cases of the affliction during years of practice with a heavy sword. Rock climbers, rowers, golfers, weight lifters, manual laborers and even medical staff, parents and caregivers (who have to lift infants or patients) are often afflicted with tendon pain in the elbows, wrists or shoulders.
In addition, there's been an interesting trend in our clinic with "spontaneously generated" tennis elbow, unrelated to athletics. "It just happened!" is a refrain I am hearing in an unusual number of cases. A big part of our job as acupuncturists is trying to get to the root cause of any condition, so it's not easy to ignore this kind of "mystery."