Tennis Elbow and Golfer'S Elbow are two common tendon injuries due to overload of the tendon. Both these injuries occur after a minor and unrecognized trauma to the proximal insertion of the extensor (tennis elbow) and flexor (golfer’s arm) muscles of the forearm. Tennis elbow typically occurs in people who are 40-50 yrs age group. Golfer’s elbow is the most common cause of medial elbow pain. Symptoms for tennis elbow are:
• Pain and tenderness over the lateral epicondyle of the humerus
• Pain that radiates to forearm and shoulders
Symptoms for Golfer’s elbow:
• Pain and tenderness over the medial epicondyle
• Onset of pain is gradual
• Trouble in rotary or grasping motion
HOW IS TENNIS ELBOW AND GOLFER'S ELBOW DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Tennis Elbow and Golfer'S Elbow is done by an orthopaedic who would run an X-ray or scan of the elbow area.
HOW IS TENNIS ELBOW AND GOLFER'S ELBOW TREATED?
In some cases Tennis Elbow and Golfer'S Elbow resolve on their own with rest and home care. Activities that strain the elbow and ram are to be avoided. Painkillers may be taken for pain relief.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tennis elbow is a self-limiting condition. The average duration of a typical episode is about six months to two years, but most patients (89%) recover within one year. 5-10% do not resolve and may require further treatment such as surgery. Golfer's elbow is also a self-limiting condition with a similar prognosis.