What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the elbow and forearm. It is commonly caused by repetitive strain or overuse of the elbow joint, such as through activities like tennis or lifting weights. However, anyone can develop tennis elbow, even if they do not play sports or engage in physical activity.
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is caused by the overuse or strain on the muscles and tendons in the elbow and forearm. This can lead to inflammation and microtears in the tissue, resulting in pain and discomfort.
What are the Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?
Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain and discomfort in the elbow and forearm, especially when gripping or lifting objects. The elbow and forearm may also feel weak and tender to the touch.
How is Tennis Elbow Diagnosed?
A healthcare professional can diagnose tennis elbow through a physical examination and a series of tests. These may include a range of motion test to measure the movement of the elbow joint, a strength test to assess the strength of the elbow and forearm muscles, and a pain test to determine if applying pressure to the elbow common causes pain.
How is Tennis Elbow Treated?
Treatment for tennis elbow typically involves a combination of rest, physical therapy, and pain medication. Resting the affected arm and avoiding activities that may exacerbate the condition can help reduce inflammation and heal the tissue. Physical therapy can help to improve the range of motion and strengthen the muscles and tendons in the elbow and forearm. Pain medication can help to manage discomfort. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged tissue.
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