Many people have elbow pain on the outside of their elbow. This is referred to as Tennis Elbow. The paradox is that very few people get it from playing tennis.
It was originally called tennis elbow because new players would use bad technique on the backhand and overstrain the tendons on the outside of the elbow. That rarely occurs. Do you ever hear of a professional tennis player having tennis elbow? Never. Good technique fixes it.
100% of the time, people get it from overstraining the forearm from texting, typing, or some work-related repetitive strain on the tendon. Think of every employee at VONS or Ralphs.
With this type of problem, there is a decaying of the tendon because it can not withstand the stresses you are placing on it. Over time, the tendon can't recover and begins to fray and rot.
How we deal with this problem is a threefold method.
1. Laser therapy stimulates the cells of the tendon to turn over quicker and allow faster healing. The goal is to replace bad tendon with good tendon. Here's a video regarding laser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yOn2zsWSqk
2. Cross friction massage. By massaging 90 degrees to the fibers of the tendon rather than with them, you can break up adhesions and scar tissue within the damaged tendon and this decreases pain and allows healing of the tendon.
3. Eccentric exercises of the tendon. This is the lowering part of lifting the weight. We have patients do 3 sets of 15 twice a day for 3 months. The research on just this one type of exercise has a 60-90% success rate. Standard dumbells can work, but I've found that the Theraband Flexbar works well. Here's a link: https://www.amazon.com/TheraBand-Resistance-Improving-Strength-Tendonitis/dp/B0002ECYRQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467216940&sr=8-1&keywords=theraband+elbow
Combining all threeprocedures, we usually have excellent success with tennis elbow.