Conditions

TENNIS ELBOW

Also called lateral Epicondylitis is a painful condition of the elbow caused by over use. It is due to an inflammation of tendons that join fore-arm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The fore-arm muscles and tendons become damaged by repetitive motion again and again especially by playing tennis or other racquet sports. Others like painters , plumbers and carpenters are also particularly prone to develop this disorder. Studies have shown that Butcherds, cooks and auto drivers get tennis elbow more than the rest of the population. Most people are between the ages of 30-50 years of age. Cause: 1)Overuse: Recent studies shown that Tennis Elbow is often due to damage to a specific fore-arm muscle.The Extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle helps stabilise the wrist when the elbow is straight.this occurs during the Tennis ground stroke. When the ECRH is weaken from the overuse microscopic tears form in the tendon causing inflammation and pain. 2)Activities: Many People who participate in work that require repetitive and vigorous use of the fore-arm muscle develop this. 3)Age: Most people are between the ages of 30-50 years. Symptoms: • Pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow • Weak grip strength Diagnosis: • Doctor will ask about your activities and any history of injury or arthritis or nerve disease and he will do the physical examination • X-rays,MRI scan and Electromyography(EMG) Treatment: 1)Non-Surgical:Around 80-90 % patients have success with this • Rest :Give your arm a proper rest for several weeks • Medication • Equipment Check : Check your racquet sport for proper fit.if you use oversized racquet,changing to a smaller one may help your symptoms. • Physical therapy • Braces • Steroid Injections • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy 2)Surgical : • Open surgery • Arthroscopic surgery Rehabilitation: Following surgery,your arm may be immobilized in a splint and about a week later it is removed. Then exercises are started to stretch the elbow and restore flexibility.Usually only after 4-6 months of surgery can you return to your sports activities

TENNIS ELBOW