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Tennis Elbow

Overview

Lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow is the injury to the muscles and tendons on the lateral part of the elbow. This kind of disease is one of the most common types of injuries occurring in the outer side of the arm.


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Causes

The muscles of lateral epicondylitis tear or damage due to racket sports. The heavy blow of the ball and the high stress to hit the ball again leads to this disease. Hence, the disease is called “tennis elbow”. The disease is caused due to repetitive tearing of the tendons. This disease may also be caused due to poor technique or lack of strength or more duration or intensity of play.


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Signs & Symptoms

The patient of lateral epicondylitis may suffer from the following symptoms:-

  • The patient may suffer from pain in the outside of the elbow.
  • Patient may also face difficulty in lifting or grasping objects.
  • Patient may also suffer from pain that may radiate down to the arms.
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Prevention

Try to improve techniques of playing the game of tennis to safeguard your elbow from injury. Learn exercises to build up strength of the area. Take proper rest and good amount of nutritious diet to prevent the muscle from over straining itself.


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Treatments
Physiotherapy Modern Medicine

Resting of the affected muscles is highly recommended by the doctors. The patient is advised to discontinue the activity that results in the pain in the wrist. R.I.C.E. method is extremely useful, which means rest, ice, compression and elevation. Icing should be done for a minimum of 10-15 minutes just after the injury to cut down the inflammation and pain of the affected area. Wrap the forearm near the injured elbow to help the muscles to heal. Ultrasound sessions may be used by the physiotherapist to reduce the pain. They may also teach few exercises to increase mobility of the area.

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