Lateral Epicondylitis

Lateral Epicondylitis By Olivia Nguyen, PA-C You’re about to hit the winning backhand across the tennis court, when a sharp pain stops your shot. The point is lost and you’re left with a throbbing ache in your elbow. Lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as tennis elbow, is a common tendon injury that can cause pain in the outside of the elbow that may radiate to the arm, wrist, or hand. This is an overuse injury of the extensior muscles, which all attach on the outside of the elbow. Over time, micro-tears in the tendon can accumulate, causing inflammation and pain. People who perform repetitive wrist extension against resistance, such as the backhand stroke in tennis, are at the greatest risk. Tennis elbow can be treated by conservative measures which include the following: ice, wrist or elbow braces, ibuprofen or Tylenol, and strengthening exercises. For the tennis enthusiast, adjustments can be made including using a lighter racket, smaller over-grip, and correcting the backhand...
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