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Workout Injuries - Prevention And Treatment!

BPTh/BPT, P.N.F approach for Sport
Physiotherapist, Delhi
Workout Injuries - Prevention And Treatment!

For a sportsman, coming face to face with sports injury is no big deal. But what is important is that he/she gets the correct treatment in order to recover fast and get back to the field, giving their best performance in their field of sports. With regular medical check ups, physiotherapy sessions, training sessions, exercises and gymnasium sessions, sports injuries are treated effectively. However, all variants of a treatment may not fit with all kinds of injuries. Thus, treatments are always injury-specific for a more effective progression.

Here are some of the most common sports injuries and their most effective treatments as prescribed by sports specialists.

  1. Ankle sprainAnkle sprains are common among sportsmen and sportswomen when the ligaments of their ankles tear. Such injuries are very common, but also unfortunately, extremely painful and demand a lot of recovery time. With such an injury, even though they are advised bed rest, it is important to continue with some kinds of exercises. This would help in preventing the stamina and muscle strength in your ankles. It would also help you to recover fast.
  2. Knee injuryAnother very common form of sports injury is the knee injury where one can experience excruciating pain. Although, proper rest and exercises heal most injuries in a month or two; those that are serious might even need a surgery.
  3. Tennis elbowTears in the tendons of the elbow due to its recurring use can cause tennis elbow. It has a natural healing process with just a few exercises. In fact, it is recommended you give proper rest to the elbow so that it can heal faster. Even after healing, to avoid chances of recurring tennis elbow, stress should be lowered in this part of the body.
  4. Hamstring Strain: Hamstring is that part of the body, which is formed by three muscles behind your thigh. Hamstring is mostly a forgotten part of the body and one hardly remembers it. But, it is very prone to sprains and injuries, if exercises involving the hamstring are not carried out properly. In fact, there are specific exercises pertaining to hamstring, which are performed to prevent it from injuries. Hamstring injuries have a very long recovery period. It might actually take up to a year for full recovery because it experiences constant pressure when you walk, letting it heal slowly. Thus, incorporating hamstring exercises in your daily routine would help in faster healing of such injuries.

These are some of the most common types of sports injuries and the methods of treating them as recommended by medical practitioners.

Tennis Elbow - How To Avoid It?

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology
Pain Management Specialist, Nashik
Tennis Elbow - How To Avoid It?

Tennis elbow is a condition which is characterized by the inflammation of the tendons occurring in the elbow region due to excess use of the muscle groups present in the overarm. Tennis elbow can cause a lot of distress once it occurs so it is best to perform certain exercises to strengthen the muscle groups in your overarm so that muscle strain does not occur during your physical activities.

Read on more to find about all the different ways to strengthen your muscle groups to prevent tennis elbow.

1. Staying in good physical shape overall tones your body and strengthens your muscle groups, thus reducing the likelihood of tennis elbow.

2. It is also important that the physical activities which are performed by you are done using proper technique as otherwise undue strain might cause unnecessary discomfort and pain.

3. You should try strengthening the muscles in your shoulder, arm and upper back to reduce the stress your elbow undergoes during physical activity.

4. Using a counterforce brace for activities which include twisting or grasping of the arm can also help. The use of a counterforce brace is to distribute the pressure throughout the arm which reduces the stress on the elbow. The brace is highly recommended for people who are likely to develop tennis elbow. One should consult a doctor before opting for a counter brace. However, it is not a substitute for rehab exercises.

If repeated arm movements or certain physical activities are causing discomfort or pain in the elbow region, check for alternative ways of performing the task. If you have taken up tennis, cricket or golf as a sport, it is highly recommended that you take proper lessons in technique as these sports involve twisting and grasping your arm which can cause injuries if you do not follow proper techniques. Also keep in mind to choose sports equipments which are at par with your physical fitness, flexibility and strength.

In daily activities, take a note of the activities which involve putting stress on your elbows. In such instances follow techniques or different ways to perform the tasks which will put minimum stress or pressure on your elbows.

Tennis Elbow Treatment - Most Common FAQs About It!

Dr. Shantanu Jain 94% (10 ratings)
MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Indore
Tennis Elbow Treatment - Most Common FAQs About It!

Tennis elbow is a painful condition that affects the tendons due to a condition known as tendinitis, which causes inflammation. This condition will end up restricting the free movement of the elbow and the arm due to the pain and stiffness that it causes. This is due to the fact that these tendons are the tough band of connective tissues that hold the muscles and the lower arm with the bone. Repeated gripping motions and continued tugging as well as activities like weight lifting, tennis, squash and other like carpentry, painting writing and typing, can lead to this condition.

Here are a few methods of treatment and the questions that revolve around them.

  1. Do I have to restrict my movements: Yes, when you have tennis elbow, the very first thing you must do is to give rest to the tendons by curbing those activities that have caused the condition or those which can aggravate the pain and stiffness. Lifting heavy objects, gripping things for prolong periods, other physical pursuits like tennis and other games and more will need to stop so that you do not stretch, strain or pull the tissue.
  2. Can I take pain killers: Yes, you can take pain killers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen in case the pain is unbearable? Always ensure that an orthopaedic specialist takes a look at your arm before prescribing the medicines to you.
  3. Is an ice compress good for this pain: You can use the RICE method for acute pain that is less than 72 hours old. For more persistent pain, you must see a doctor. The RICE method refers to Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. In this method, you can keep your arm elevated and give it rest. You can also use an ice compress and keep it tightly wound with an elastic bandage so as to avoid swelling.
  4. Can I take injections for this condition: Corticosteroid injections may be used for very severe cases. This contains the cortisol hormone and can give good results in the short run.
  5. Are there any non invasive methods for treatment: You can try non-invasive procedures like shock wave therapy which will help in fixing the pain and promote motion gradually. This procedure is usually conducted with the help of shock waves that are passed to the skin.
  6. Is exercising a complete no no: In this case, many orthopaedic surgeons and doctors will ask you to go through physiotherapy so that you can get used to movements and motion after prolonged pain. These exercises will also strengthen the muscles of the area.

Talk to your doctor if the pain is particularly debilitating and discuss surgery for the same.

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Tennis Elbow - Knowing The Preventive Measures!

MPTh/MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Vadodara
Tennis Elbow - Knowing The Preventive Measures!

Tennis elbow is a condition, which is characterized by the inflammation of the tendons occurring in the elbow region due to excess use of the muscle groups present in the overarm. Tennis elbow can cause a lot of distress once it occurs so it is best to perform certain exercises to strengthen the muscle groups in your overarm so that muscle strain does not occur during your physical activities.

Read on more to find about all the different ways to strengthen your muscle groups to prevent tennis elbow:

  1. Staying in good physical shape overall tones your body and strengthens your muscle groups, thus reducing the likelihood of tennis elbow.
  2. It is also important that the physical activities, which are performed by you are done using proper technique as otherwise undue strain might cause unnecessary discomfort and pain.
  3. You should try strengthening the muscles in your shoulder, arm and upper back to reduce the stress your elbow undergoes during physical activity.
  4. Using a counterforce brace for activities, which include twisting or grasping of the arm can also help. The use of a counterforce brace is to distribute the pressure throughout the arm, which reduces the stress on the elbow. The brace is highly recommended for people who are likely to develop tennis elbow. One should consult a doctor before opting for a counter brace. 

However, it is not a substitute for rehab exercises. If repeated arm movements or certain physical activities are causing discomfort or pain in the elbow region, check for alternative ways of performing the task. If you have taken up tennis, cricket or golf as a sport, it is highly recommended that you take proper lessons in technique as these sports involve twisting and grasping your arm, which can cause injuries if you do not follow proper techniques. Also keep in mind to choose sports equipments which are at par with your physical fitness, flexibility and strength.

For daily activities, take a note of the activities, which involve putting stress on your elbows. In such instances follow techniques or different ways to perform the tasks, which will put minimum stress or pressure on your elbows. Also, apart from using the technique one has to stay fit, for which getting regular body health check up is very important.

How Tennis Elbow Can Be Treated?

MBBS & MS, Fellowship in AO (Germany), Ranawat Arthoplasty Fellow(USA)
Orthopedist, Jaipur
How Tennis Elbow Can Be Treated?

Lateral epicondylitis, which is the medical name for tennis elbow, is a condition wherein the tendon in the upper arm develops a tear due to repeated motions. This is a very painful condition and can make your daily life difficult. It usually tends to affect your dominant arm i.e. the arm that you use the most.

Who does it affect and why does it happen?
As mentioned earlier, tennis elbow occurs due to repetitive similar movements of the elbows, forearms and wrists over a prolonged period. The common name for this condition came due to repeated occurrences with tennis players although it can happen to players of other sports as well as people in other profession too. Some of the people who are most susceptible to this could be from the following fields:

  1. Sporting activities such as squash, tennis, fencing, cricket and many other sports where repeated arms movements are required.
  2. Carpenters
  3. Painters
  4. Musicians playing certain instruments
  5. Typing
  6. Knitting work
  7. Chefs and waiters
  8. Cleaning
  9. Road and construction workers

Symptoms

  1. A slow exacerbation of pain over a period and gradual worsening can be a major symptom.
  2. In certain cases, the pain may manifest suddenly which will make any movement very difficult.
  3. Moving your arm may become very difficult, especially during any up or down movement of the arm.
  4. In some cases, the pain may be experienced only when shaking objects or actions wherein squeezing or hard gripping is required.
  5. Performing daily activities such as a tooth brush, trying to open jars or even trying to use a knife or fork can get extremely difficult.

How it can be treated?
Most treatment methods include keeping the elbow in a resting position and giving it time to heal automatically. However, some medication may also be given to relieve pain and quicken healing. Some of these are mentioned below.

  1. Elbow straps: These fix the elbow in a comfortable position and don’t allow it to move helping it heal on its own.
  2. Ice treatment : This is the most common home treatment prescribed to relieve pain. You can use homemade icepacks or even buy gel pack, which can then be held against the area to relieve pain.
  3. Painkillers: Ibuprofen and aspirin can be used to lessen the pain, although it is advisable to consult your doctors first.
  4. Various physical therapies: Physiotherapy, acupuncture or specific doctor recommended exercises could be done to not only relieve pain but also quicken healing and to strengthen the tendons and the muscles of that area.

Consider Platelet- Rich Plasma Treatment For Effective Treatment Of Tennis Elbow

Dr. Nargesh Agrawal 91% (10 ratings)
MS - Orthopaedics, Fellowship in Sports injuries, Shoulder & Knee arthroscopy, Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Delhi
Consider Platelet- Rich Plasma Treatment For Effective Treatment Of Tennis Elbow

Not all people who suffer from Tennis Elbow have swung their racquets, and those who have never been affected by the problem will not be able to understand how severe the pain and discomfort can be. It is a debilitating condition that affects one’s normal lifestyle in both minor and major ways.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is nowadays considered a promising treatment for consistent and chronic tendon problems including Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow. It is often conjugated with autologous blood injection which is a quick and minimally invasive process using the cells of the patients without any use of any drugs.

What is Tennis Elbow?
The human elbow is a joint comprising of three bones: humerus in the upper arm, ulna, and radius in the lower arm. Each part of the bone is covered with cartilage that facilitates free movements of the bones. Tennis elbow occurs at times when the epicondyle layer on the elbow joint become inflamed or torn.

Understanding platelet-rich plasma therapy
PRP is a non-surgical, in-office treatment which starts withdrawing a little amount of blood. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge for concentrating the platelets in the place. This process also segregates the red and white blood cells. Then the platelets together with some amount of plasma are injected into the body in the affected region which has some injury and is not able to heal properly.

When a person is affected with Tennis Elbow, the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the Flexor Origin present on the medial side of the wrist extensor tendon origin at the lateral epicondyle. The doctor may need to jab the needle in different places.

Why is PRP suitable for Tennis Elbow?
The primary objective of using platelet-rich plasma therapy is utilizing the cells and protein of the body along with specific healing factors that can stimulate and jumpstart the process of healing in the tendons. To begin the healing process that has either stalled or could not be completed or has never started, the PRP is the best means. The first step of beginning the healing process is dealing with the inflammation. Experts are fascinated at the way in which the platelet rich plasma can replace the conventional anti-inflammatory medical treatments of Tennis Elbow.

The arrival of platelet-rich plasma has caused the corticosteroid shots to lose their popularity. Because, though they can relieve acute pain for a short span of time, they do not promote healing and may also cause further breakdown of the affected area.

PRP therapy is known for improving the natural healing process of the body. It has ignorable side effects, and the best part is that it is minimally invasive. Since Tennis Elbow is becoming more common these days, it needs to be treated in ways that would be able to complement one's situation and restore normal functionality.

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Orthopedic Doctor in Gurgaon!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri

Is that stiffness in joints taking a toll on your daily activity like walking, exercise. These best orthopedic doctors in Gurgaon, can help in getting your life back on track by treating any kind of join or muscle related surgeries or disorders. Here is the list of best orthopedic doctors and surgeons in Gurgaon:

1. Dr. Himanshu Gupta

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice(FIPP), Fellow Adult Knee Reconstruction and Sports Injuries

Consultation fees: ₹400 - 1000

Dr. Himanshu is a well experienced orthopedic surgeon with 16 years of practice. He specialises in knee reconstruction and sports injuries. His other areas of interest are arthroscopic surgery along with interventional spine & pain treatments. He has successfully done more than 4500 spine interventions,  including lumbar ,sacral & cervical areas which are considered to be complicated and tricky. He is currently associated with Nivaran Pain Relief Centre in Sector-41, Gurgaon & Fortis Escorts Heart Institute & Research Centre - Okhla Road, Delhi.

2. Dr. Sanjay kapoor

MBBS, Diploma in Orthopaedics, MS - Orthopaedics

Consultation fees: ₹500

Dr. Sanjay Kapoor is a senior consultant. He is specialised as Joint Replacement & Sports Injury Surgeon. Hw currently practices as Managing Director at K.K Healthcare Centre, Gurgaon. His areas of keen interest are Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Spine treatment like Laminectomy, Disc Removal, Nerve Decompression. He has successfully operated more than 10000+ patients for knee and hip surgery from across the globe. He is a recipient of Global Health Care Excellence Award 2014 for best Orthopaedic Surgeon in Gurgaon Haryana.

3. Dr. Akhlaq Ahmed

Diploma In Orthopaedics, MBBS

Consultation fees: ₹500

With more than 48 years of experience he is a popular name in Gurgaon, when it comes to orthopedists fraternity. Dr. Ahmed specialises in orthopaedics, paediatric orthopaedics, treatment of spine related problems, spine & joint replacement surgery. He has also done fellowship in minimal access surgery.  He is also  associated with Indian Orthopaedic Association and International Society for Knowledge for Surgeons on Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty. He currently practices at Ahmed Hospital. 

4. Dr. Gurinder Bedi

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, DNB, FRCS - General Surgery & Trauma & Orthopedic Surgery, CCST - Internal Medicine

Consultation fees: ₹1000 

Dr. Bedi has 30 years of national & international experience. He has worked for 12 years in England. Currently he is director of Orthopaedic department at Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj. Previously he was associated with some of the prestigious hospitals like MAX, Primus and Sitaram Bhartiya Hospital. His special interest areas are joint replacement, arthroscopy and treatment of diabetic foot. He is also associated with many prestigious institutes and medical associations.

5. Dr. Vikas Gupta

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, Hand Surgery Fellowship

Consultation fees: ₹1000- 1500

Dr. Vikas Gupta a well known name in the field of orthopedist, has more than 27 years of experience. He is currently associated with Max Hospital in Sushant Lok I, Gurgaon and Max Smart Super speciality Hospital in Saket, Delhi and Hand 2 Shoulder Clinic, GK -1 Delhi. His area of speciality are hand and shoulder surgery. He was the first surgeon to perform wrist replacement (Ceramic on ceramic) in India and has successfully performed over 6000 complex hand upper & extremity surgeries.

6. Dr. Prince Gupta

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - Orthopaedics

Consultation fees: ₹400 - 700

Dr Prince Gupta is an experienced joint and spine surgeon who is practicing in Gurgaon. He is practicing for more than 12 years. He is skilled in joint replacement surgeries like knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder replacement and elbow replacement surgeries. Apart from joint surgeries he also specialises in performing orthopaedic spine surgeries using the best techniques as per the international standards. He has worked with some of the best hospitals in Gurgaon and Delhi like  Artemis Hospital, Fortis Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. 

7. Dr. O P Gupta

M.B.B.S, M.S. (Ortho)

Consultation fees: ₹500 - 900

Dr. Gupta is a senior consultant in Orthopaedics, Spine & Joints. He specialises in  Spine Surgery. In 14 years of his practice he has done more than 3000 Orthopedic and Spine surgeries in India and abroad. He has done extensive training in all aspect of spinal surgery. He currently practices at Khushansh Clinic, Gurgaon and Max Smart Superspeciality Hospital, Delhi.

8. Dr. Akram Jawed

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, Fellowship in Shoulder Surgery

Consultation fees: ₹500 - 900

Dr. Akram Jawed is amongst the best experienced orthopedic surgeons in Gurgaon with 8 years of experience. He has done some special courses like Advance course in trauma management (2013), Advance course on Periarticular plating (2013), Principles of Fracture Fixation (2009) and National Trauma Management Course (2011). He currently practices at consultant in orthopaedics at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket and Med Harbour Family Clinic Gurgaon. He is also the director of Mobility Clinic.

9. Dr. Ashok Rajgopal

FRCS, MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS

Consultation fees: ₹1200

Dr. Ashok is best orthopaedic surgeon. He is a pioneer of many advancement of knee surgeries and has many accomplishments in his field like successfully completing 28 Total Knee Replacement surgeries in under 12 hours. In 40 years of his experience he has more than 25,000 Total Knee Replacement surgeries. He is the first orthopaedic surgeon in India who has carried virtual total knee replacement employing patient-specific instruments. He is a recipient of PadmaShri recipient. He currently heads bone and joint clinic- Fortis Hospital. 

10. Dr. Ankit Bhartia

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, Fellowship in Arthroscopy and Joint replacement of Knee and Shoulder

Consultation fees: ₹400

Dr. Ankit Bhartia is an experienced Orthopedist  with 9 years of career. His areas of keen interest are Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery, Spine Surgery and Pediatric Orthopaedics. He currently practices at ''Sparsh - Orthopaedics and Sports Injury Centre'' , which is his own clinic and is also the ''Managing Director''  there. He is a member of many Indian and international associations.

Tennis Elbow Treatment - 6 Things You Should Know About it!

MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedist, Ahmedabad
Tennis Elbow Treatment - 6 Things You Should Know About it!

A Tennis elbow is a painful condition that affects the tendons due to a condition known as tendinitis, which causes inflammation. This condition will end up restricting the free movement of the elbow and the arm due to the pain and stiffness that it causes. This is due to the fact that these tendons are the tough band of connective tissues that hold the muscles and the lower arm with the bone. Repeated gripping motions and continued tugging as well as activities like weight lifting, tennis, squash and other like carpentry, painting writing and typing, can lead to this condition.

Here are a few methods of treatment and the questions that revolve around them.

  1. Do I have to restrict my movements: Yes, when you have tennis elbow, the very first thing you must do is to give rest to the tendons by curbing those activities that have caused the condition or those which can aggravate the pain and stiffness. Lifting heavy objects, gripping things for prolong periods, other physical pursuits like tennis and other games and more will need to stop so that you do not stretch, strain or pull the tissue.
  2. Can I take pain killers: Yes, you can take pain killers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen in case the pain is unbearable? Always ensure that an orthopaedic specialist takes a look at your arm before prescribing the medicines to you.
  3. Is an ice compress good for this pain: You can use the RICE method for acute pain that is less than 72 hours old. For more persistent pain, you must see a doctor. The RICE method refers to Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. In this method, you can keep your arm elevated and give it rest. You can also use an ice compress and keep it tightly wound with an elastic bandage so as to avoid swelling.
  4. Can I take injections for this condition: Corticosteroid injections may be used for very severe cases. This contains the cortisol hormone and can give good results in the short run.
  5. Are there any non invasive methods for treatment: You can try non-invasive procedures like shock wave therapy which will help in fixing the pain and promote motion gradually. This procedure is usually conducted with the help of shock waves that are passed to the skin.
  6. Is exercising a complete no no: In this case, many orthopaedic surgeons and doctors will ask you to go through physiotherapy so that you can get used to movements and motion after prolonged pain. These exercises will also strengthen the muscles of the area.

Talk to your doctor if the pain is particularly debilitating and discuss surgery for the same.

PRP Therapy - How Can It Help With Sports Injuries?

MBBS, DNB (Orthopedics)
Orthopedist, Pune
PRP Therapy - How Can It Help With Sports Injuries?

Sports activities can lead to severe injuries, and the treatment administered differs, based on the severity of the injury. Muscle injuries are often healed using platelet-rich plasma. Called PRP in short, this therapy gained an immense popularity almost a decade back.

How does it work?

Blood is composed of cellular elements and plasma. PRP is the blood with concentrated platelets and is rich in bio-reactive proteins. This also contains factors that are vital to accelerating growth. PRP aids in faster tissue regeneration and repair. Bones, tendons, and ligaments are the connective tissues in the body, and they need to heal together, which is what this therapy promotes.

A regenerate therapy for faster healing

This therapy is performed by taking out a small amount of blood from the patient’s body. The platelet concentration is augmented by placing it in a centrifuge, and the growth factors are also promoted. Then this plasma is injected into the affected area. It is injected straight into the damaged area. This therapy suits all sorts of sports injuries, arthritis, inflammation, plantar fasciitis, knee ligament injuries, tennis elbow, patella tendinopathy, and Achilles tendinopathy. Joint pain that is caused by an acute injury, early partial tendon tears, and any chronic degenerative disease, too, can be cured with PRP.

Conditions that can be cured with PRP

When athletes are involved in sports activities, a few joints are constantly used. As a result, the tendons experience microscopic tear, and it takes a lot of time for these tendons to heal because the blood supply is not adequate here. When you get injected with the PRP, the nutrients and growth factors required are supplied and it helps in faster healing. Here are a few injuries that can benefit from PRP. It is often seen that celebrities suffering from the condition use this regenerative therapy.

  • Rotator Cuff injuries: Sports injuries can occur commonly in the shoulder joints, where lots of actions can take place. With the arm motion more repetitive in sports such as baseball or basketball, this condition can be seen repetitively. Accidents, too, can result in rotator cuff injuries. When the rotator cuffs suffer from a partial tear of tendons or inflammation, PRP injections can offer the solace. However, if rotator cuffs experience severe damage, then only surgery can be helpful.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: When the sports require a lot of footwork, an injury may result. Runners are often found suffering from a sports injury. People who stand on feet for long hours too can face this condition. This condition responds well to PRP injections. However, if not treated for long or left unattended, a surgery becomes the sole option for relief.
  • Tennis Elbow: The forearms are often used in sports like tennis. The tendons, due to continuous usage, can tear. The repetitive stress on these tendons can also lead to inflammation. Not only sports people but even cooks, painters, carpenters, and assembly line workers can find this a trouble. PRP injections offer the required growth factors to heal the tendons and help to get back to normal life faster.

With hordes of regenerative therapies available, consult a professional to choose the best for you. Also, your physician should be the right person to decide if it is time for a surgery.

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Elbow Pain - 6 Common Reasons Behind It!

Fellowship In Joint Replacement, MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedist, Delhi
Elbow Pain - 6 Common Reasons Behind It!

Elbow pain may be caused due to a variety of reasons from injuries to fractures and ligament pulls or tears. This is most commonly experienced by people who are into sports, including those who play tennis, golf and other such sports that require intense arm movements.

So, let us look at the six most common reasons behind elbow pain:

  1. Medial Epicondylitis: This condition creates pain in the inner tendon within the elbow and is usually termed as 'golfer's elbow'. It basically occurs due to the constant swinging and throwing motion that a sports person may indulge in. When these movements are repeated on a constant basis, there is wear and tear as well as acute pain in the area. Also, an injury to the wrist can cause this pain in the elbow.
  2. Lateral Epicondylitis: This condition is commonly known as 'tennis elbow'. The affected area under this condition includes the outside tendons of the elbow. This is caused due to swinging, hitting, hammering and punching motions that are repeated too often. It is commonly experienced by cooks, artists, carpenters, automobile workers, and plumbers and people who use heavy tools.
  3. Olecranon Bursitis: This condition is also known as 'student's elbow' and usually occurs due to constant writing and gripping motion which affects the bursae. These are small fluid filled sacs that lubricate the joints even as the protection happens. The symptoms include swelling and pain. There is also risk of infection and redness in this condition.
  4. Osteoarthritis: The cartilage of the joints gets affected in this condition which is the connective tissue that exists in the joints. This condition causes wear and tear of the joints and bones which leads to pain in the various areas including the elbow. Medication and physiotherapy are good measures for treatment.
  5. Fracture: Sometimes, dislocation or fracture may lead to pain in the outstretched arm or elbow. Dislocation may take place when a bone moves from its aligned spot. The symptoms will include obvious swelling and acute pain in the elbow.
  6. Ligament Damage: Strains and sprains in the ligaments within the elbow joint can lead to this damaging condition. Torn or stretched ligaments are the most common outcomes in this kind of injury and damage.

To find out which reason may be the culprit behind your elbow pain, you will need to see a general physician or an orthopaedic specialist who will run you through a series of tests and examinations including X rays, MRI scans and others in order to ascertain the cause and treatment. 

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