Tennis Elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition in which the elbow is overloaded by repetitive motion of wrist and arm. Although the name suggests it is a disorder related to sports people, it can affect other people as well. Pain can also spread to forearm and wrist. Symptoms are:
• Radiating pain from elbow
• Difficulty in turning wrist
• Difficulty in holding objects
• Difficulty in gripping things
HOW IS TENNIS ELBOW DIAGNOSED?
Tennis elbow cannot be diagnosed from blood tests and rarely by X-rays. Rather, it is usually diagnosed by the description of pain provided to doctor and certain findings from a physical exam, such as worsening of the pain when you try to extend your wrist against resistance.
HOW IS TENNIS ELBOW TREATED?
Medications like corticosteroids and NSAIDS are used to reduce pain and swelling caused by tendonitis. Patients are also asked to do gradual exercises, which provide relief and respite for pain and thus help you regain your elbow strength. You would be given a case or brace could be given for support. Surgery may be required to.
DID YOU KNOW?
Avoiding lifting heavy weights or overuse of the joint helps prevent Tennis Elbow