Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury causing pain and inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside(lateral side) of the elbow. on the elbow.
Unsurprisingly, this can be caused by increasing your frequency or intensity of playing tennis or other racquet sports. However, several other sports and activities can also put you at risk.
Depending on the severity of your tennis elbow injury, treatment may include rest, taping and rehabilitation exercises to help you regain strength and the tendon to heal. In rare cases, surgery may be required.
What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
Pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow
Weak grip strength
Which is the muscle tendon affected by tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, involves the muscles and tendons of your forearm. Your forearm muscles extend your wrist and fingers. Your forearm tendons, called extensors, attaches the muscles to bone. They attach on the lateral epicondyle. The tendon usually involved in tennis elbow is called the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB).
How is tennis elbow diagnosed?
Treatment options for tennis elbow
Approximately 80% to 95% of patients have success with nonsurgical treatment.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines. If the elbow is acutely painful, medications like aspirin or ibuprofen reduce pain and swelling.
Rehabilitative exercises. Specific exercises are helpful for strengthening the muscles of the forearm.
Brace. Short term usage of a brace centered over the back of your forearm may also help relieve symptoms of tennis elbow. This can reduce symptoms by resting the muscles and tendons.
Tennis Elbow Rehabilitative Exercises
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