Lateral epicondylitis or as it is commonly called tennis elbow is a condition by which the outer part of the elbow becomes tender and sore. It affects the part of the elbow known as lateral epicondyle. This happens because of repetitive overuse of the tendons and muscles of the forearm.
Tennis elbow leads to tenderness and pain on the site of the illness. Any activity, which also involves playing tennis that involves repetitive use of the extensor muscles of the forearm can cause chronic tendonitis at the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. This condition is also very common among laborers who swings hammer, and carpenters, which affects the medial epicondyle on the inside part of the elbow. Also sometimes known as lawn-tennis elbow and washer women’s elbow, continued activity after onset of the condition can lead excruciating pain which is only treatable via surgery. So mandatory rest is advised by doctors once you are diagnosed of this disease.
For people who are keen to know more about the non-invasive therapeutic treatments of tennis elbow, occupational therapy or physical therapy, which employ stretching-exercises, massage techniques, moist heat and ice pack therapy and use of low wave ultrasound can alleviate the pain factor of this disease. Sometimes anti-inflammatory medications are prescribed to the tennis elbow patients, if the disease has been diagnosed at an early stage. Doctors also prescribe the patients suffering from this disease to wear an elbow brace for four to six weeks.
Many patients suffering from tennis elbow have also found relief from this condition by undergoing acupuncture therapy. In general acupuncture therapy is done for two days a week for a period of one month. Medical practitioners even prescribe the use of corticosteroid injections for alleviating the pain when someone is suffering from this malady. For diagnosis of this disease, doctors performs a battery of tests, during which the physician places pressure on the affected area, while asking the patient to move the arm. X-ray is also done to at times to eliminate other causes of pain, such as fracture or arthritis.
However medical ultrasonography and MRI are the best diagnostic tools for determining this disease. Athletes who are affected with tennis elbow, should continue to work out in a smart and effective manner. Sport’s doctors often helps the athletes not only to be aware of their body, but also prescribe cross training adjustments to their exercise regime, to add diversity and avoid further injuries.