Lateral Epicondylitis

Lateral Epicondylitis

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury of the extensor tendons in the forearm. This most notoriously occurs in tennis players, but can also happen to employees on the job or after performing certain repetitive household chores.

Lateral epicondylitis is inflammation and pain from microtears in extensor tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. This happens with overuse when playing tennis, painting, plumbing, and performing carpentry. Auto workers, cooks, and butchers are common professions that suffer from tennis elbow. Repetition combined with weight lifting are thought to be the cause of injury.

Symptoms include pain or burning on the outside of the elbow and a weak grip strength. The symptoms are generally worse during activity. The level of intensity and duration of symptoms are a good indicator on the severity of the tendonitis.

Treatment includes rest, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, ergonomic assessment, strengthening exercises, bracing, steroid injections, and eventually surgery if conservative treatments fail.

See the attached article for more detail regarding lateral epicondylitis. Tennis Elbow

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