Extensor Tendinopathy


The Lateral Epicondile of the elbow provides the origin for the Common Extensor Tendon of the extensor muscles in the forearm. Pain 1-2cm down from the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow is often diagnosed as “tennis elbow”. In climbers, the initial injury, commonly but not exclusively, comes when the high forces of a “lock off” are suddenly significantly increased by an unanticipated event such as a foot slipping. Repetive straining of the tendon can cause the same symptoms. Onset of pain can be acute or insidious and range from minimal to so bad that it disturbs sleep.