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Tennis Elbow - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

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.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test sometimes required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Pain in elbow or muscles Swelling in elbow or muscles

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Recently from 3-4 months I got olecranon bursitis. I believe it occurred due to my desk when I put my elbow. What will be best treatment for it. please suggest Thanks.

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1. Avoid placing elbow over table or against rough surfaces. 2. Apply ice packs locally. 3. Medications like Enzomac and Tendocare will help. 4. Intralesional steroid injection offer great help if the problem is recurring.

What is the best medicine for tennis elbow, its confirmed by my doctor but they have different operation on same say relax same say do routine work. Hot & cold size is also suggests So what is medicine for it,

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1. Hot water compression. 2. Ultrasound/ Laser therapy for lateral epicondylitis. 3. Medications like Enzomac, Tendocare will help. 4. Tennis elbow band can be worn. Rest to elbow for 3-4 weeks is the mainstay of treatment. Intralesional steroid injection offer great help.
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I have pain in my elbow may be tennis elbow. I ask so many time but no doctor suggest any tablet. All are suggest ice ,pain relief ointment or physiotherapy please suggests any medicine. Ice pain relief ointment, braces on elbow I all try. Please suggest specific tablets for elbow pain. There is no fracture in x-ray. Please help me.

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