Tennis Elbow

Have you ever heard of the condition called Tennis elbow? This is a condition caused due to the overuse of hand muscles, forearm and arm and that result in tenderness and soreness of the elbow’s outer portion. Other names of this condition are archer’s elbow, shooter’s elbow, and lateral epicondylalgia. The condition always affects the people who are using their right hands very often and sometimes in the other hand too.

Symptoms of Shooter’s elbow:

If you are a patient with this condition, you will notice the pain occurring in the outer part of the elbow. The severity may get increased if you start cocking back with the wrist or hold the objects. You may feel the pain while the objects are lifted. The pain is caused on the outside arm and may radiate down the forearm. Both men and women between the ages of 35 to 65 years are often affected by this condition. Approximately 75% of the people are affected by this condition in the right arm.
Pain can be felt even while jar opening, turning the handle of a door, holding small objects like pen, etc.

How to diagnose Tennis Elbow?

Blood tests cannot help you to diagnose this condition. Some of the physical examinations are there to help you out in finding the condition. It is good to check if you are experience any pain around the elbow. Taking the X-ray of the patient’s elbow will clearly show about the severity of the condition. Diagnosing through an MRI scan is often recommended by the doctors to find out the disorder in the elbow.
Radial tunnel syndrome, improper joints and elbow arthritis are some symptoms that cause pain in the outer part of the elbow.

Causes of Tennis Elbow:
This condition is caused when the people get a chance to overuse their muscles that are attached to the elbow. You will experience the development of inflammation or tiny tears near the body lump when the tendons and muscles are strained. Some people who had a chance to play tennis very often may also possibly get this condition. But, you may not think that this is the only cause of the tennis elbow. Golfer’s elbow is the pain caused in the inner side of the elbow.
Some of the causes for the condition are playing with heavy as well as wet balls, repetitive strain in the wrist, poor backhand methods used while playing tennis, screw driving, typing or painting.

Tennis Elbow Treatment:

Unlike other conditions, you can cure this tennis elbow eventually without undergoing any treatment. Simple treatments are available to enhance the condition of the symptoms, leading to speedy recovery. The severity can be decrease in the elbow by holding a bag containing frozen peas that are wrapped in a towel. Drugs such as paracetamol, non-steroidal drugs like ibuprofen can help to reduce the symptoms caused by this condition. Doctors recommend undergoing physiotherapy in most of the cases. Surgery is suggested only as a last option based on the severity of the symptoms. Tennis elbow exercises widely are acknowledged as being the best way for getting relief by this incredibly painful condition.

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