TENNIS ELBOW (LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS)
Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) An inflammation of the tendons from the extensor tendons which attach on to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus. It is seen very often in Tennis players but may also be seen in any activity that uses the forearm is an aggressive fashion. Racket ball players and construction workers also tend to get lateral epicondylitis.
Pain often develops around the outside of the elbow.
Pain often gets worse with activity.
It becomes painful to shake hands and use the elbow.
The elbow becomes sensitive to touch.
Pain can occur when trying to open jars and activities that require wrist stabilization.
The goals of treatment are to reduce pain or inflammation, promote healing, and decrease stress and abuse on the injured elbow. This can be accomplished through a series of physical therapy modalities. Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound, Massage, Ice Massage. A neoprene support will help support the elbow and restrict movement.
NEOPRENE SUPPORT FOR TENNIS ELBOW
GOLFER’S ELBOW (MEDIAL EPICONYLITIS)
Pain on the inside of the elbow
Stiffness of the elbow
Numbness and tingling into the ring and little finger
Weakness of the hands, decrease in grip strength
Usually repetitive stress to the elbow
Over use of the wrist and fingers
Holding a Racket and putting top spin on a ball
Throwing a ball (baseball etc…)
Golfing by over swinging the club or hitting the ground
Painting, hammering, chopping wood can all strain the tendons causing golfers elbow.
Should begin a course of Physical Therapy as soon as possible
Reduce inflammation and decrease pain
Increase blood flow
Prevent the formation of scar tissue
Restrict motion that exacerbates the pain
Goals should be to stretch the muscle before activity
Strengthening the forearm muscle to help support the joint
Better form and rest when using the joint
Wearing a splint to restrict over use may help
OTHER CAUSES OF ELBOW PAIN:
ULNAR NERVE ENTRAPMENT SYDROME
OSTOCONDRITIS DISSECANS (DISEASE OF THE CARTILAGE)