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Elbow pain

Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is also called lateral epicondylitis. The muscles in the forearm used for gripping attach on to a bony point called the epicondyle on the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow is essentially a repetitive strain and overuse injury of the forearm. It isn�t necessarily isolated to those who play tennis or other racquet sports. It is also very common with people who have done a lot of home improvements, heavy gardening like pruning and other repetitive tasks involving gripping and twisting with the hand and forearm.

People who get tennis elbow typically complain of pain on the outside of the elbow and forearm with daily tasks like twisting a cap off a jar, writing with a pen, typing at a keyboard and carrying shopping. In more severe cases people can have difficulty bending their arm and performing simple tasks like brushing their teeth and hair.

Activity modification, rest, cold packs and wearing a special strap on the elbow (called an epiclasp) can be really helpful in calming symptoms down. Physiotherapy treatments such as mobilisations to the elbow joint, soft tissue massage to the forearm, acupuncture and specific strengthen exercises can improve strength, reduce pain and improve function to the elbow allowing the condition to resolve more quickly.

Golfers elbow

Golfers elbow or medial epicondylitis is essentially the same as tennis elbow and is treated and managed in a similar way. The only difference is that the pain in located on the inside of the elbow rather than the outside. It is less common than tennis elbow. It can be caused by intense and repetitive gripping whilst the wrist is in a slightly flexed (forward) position as would occur whilst holding a golf club hence the term. Home improvement tasks such as using a heavy hammer can strain the forearm flexor muscles and tendon. Golfers elbow can also occur through other sports such as rock climbing and where grappling is required like Judo.


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