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All you need to know Lateral Epicondylitis

About


Pain in the elbow caused due to swelling in the tendons.


Tennis elbow affects 1% to 3% of the population and fewer than 5% of tennis elbow diagnoses are related to tennis.[1]


- Can be self-diagnosed
- Treatment options available
- Imaging and tests may be required
- Medium-term: resolves within months

Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is a conditioned caused due to inflammation in the tendons around the elbow. Repetitive motions such as swinging a tennis racquet or other activities can inflame the tendons resulting in pain and tenderness.


Symptoms


Self-diagnosable - Pain, and stiffness may be experienced in the elbow and forearm region. Doctor may require an X-ray or MRI for confirmation.
Pain areas are outside the elbow, forearms, and wrist
Progressive pain tends to worsen over time
Burning sensation around the elbow
Weak grip – Strength and firmness of grip may be reduced


Treatment


Self-care: Rest the hand and apply ice to counter swelling.


Medicines: Over-the-counters NSAIDs and pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help with pain and inflammation. In severe cases, seek doctor’s prescription.


Elbow brace: An elbow brace can be used to limit activity and rest the muscles.
Physical therapy: Exercises and treatment that help strengthen the muscles of the forearm may be advised.


Surgery: In case of severe cases, open or arthroscopic surgery may be required.
Specialists: For other concerns, consult a physician or orthopaedist. At mfine, you will receive a holistic treatment plan for optimum health.

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