Epicondylitis

Epicondylitis

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Epicondylitis

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What is Epicondylitis?

Epicondylitis, also known as Tennis Elbow, is a painful condition that affects the elbow. It is caused by repeated strain on the tendons around the elbow. The tendons are thick cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone, and they help your muscles move your bones.

Epicondylitis usually affects one side of the elbow at a time, but it can also affect both sides. You can get epicondylitis in other places too, such as near your wrist or hand. The pain from epicondylitis is usually worse when you move or use your arm or fingers. You might feel it when you lift something heavy or twist your arm or wrist in certain ways.

Most people with epicondylitis can treat their injury at home with rest and self-care measures like icing and applying heat packs to their elbows. If these treatments aren’t helping after a few weeks, see a doctor who can examine your elbow and recommend treatment options based on what’s causing your elbow pain

What are the types of Epicondylitis?

Epicondylitis is a common condition that causes pain and tenderness around the elbow. It’s caused by inflammation of the tendons that attach to the bony prominences on the outside of your elbow. There are two types of epicondylitis:

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) – This type occurs on the outer side of your elbow, where it connects with your wrist. It often occurs when you perform repetitive movements with your hand, wrist, or forearm.

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) – This type occurs on the inner side of your elbow, where it connects with your forearm. It often occurs when you perform repetitive movements with your hand, wrist, or forearm.

What are the causes of Epicondylitis?

The most common cause of epicondylitis is overuse or repetitive stress on the muscle.

It can also be caused by a blow or injury to your elbow.

Epicondylitis can be a result of other problems, such as arthritis in your elbow, which may cause pain and swelling in this area.

Other causes include:

  • Overuse or repetitive stress on the muscle (the most common cause)
  • A blow or injury to your elbow
  • Arthritis in your elbow

What are the symptoms of Epicondylitis?

The symptoms of epicondylitis include:

  • Pain at the point where your wrist meets your elbow (the lateral epicondyle)
  • Pain when lifting something, especially if you have to bend your wrist back (supination)
  • Pain when gripping something tightly, like a tennis racket or golf club

What are the risk factors for Epicondylitis?

  • The risk factors for Epicondylitis are:
  • Frequent use of the elbow.
  • Repetitive activities that place stress on the elbow, such as typing and lifting weights.
  • Poor posture.
  • Obesity.

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What are the exercises for Epicondylitis?

Epicondylitis is a condition that affects the tendons on the outside of your elbow.

In order to help treat this condition, it’s important to do exercises that strengthen your forearm and wrist muscles. These exercises will make it easier for you to perform everyday activities, and they will also help you get back into sports and other physical activities more quickly.

Common exercises for epicondylitis include:

  • Wrist curls—this exercise strengthens your forearm muscles by having you lift light weights with your hands facing toward each other (supination). You can do these with dumbbells or a barbell at home or at the gym; if you’re using dumbbells, just make sure not to drop them!
  • Tendon glides—this exercise helps prevent tightness in your forearm muscles by stretching them out with bands or tubing (you can buy these at most sporting goods stores). You can also do this exercise without any equipment at all if necessary! Just extend your arm out straight in front of you, and then rotate it up toward the ceiling until its parallel with your body. Then rotate it down until its parallel again. Repeat 10 times on each side.

What are the treatments for Epicondylitis?

There are many treatments for epicondylitis available, and many people find relief from the pain with home remedies or over-the-counter medications. There are also a variety of more invasive surgical options if you aren’t finding relief from other treatments.

Treatment options include:

  • Resting and avoiding activities that cause pain in your elbow
  • Medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium (e.g., Aleve)
  • Physical therapy to strengthen your forearm muscles and improve range of motion in your wrist and hand
  • Surgery to remove damaged tissue (if necessary)

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What brace is used for Epicondylitis?

If you’re suffering from epicondylitis, you may want to consider using a counterforce brace to help manage your symptoms. A counterforce brace uses compression or traction to reduce irritation in the affected area and help improve blood circulation.

A counterforce brace can be worn while participating in most physical activities, including sports and exercise. However, they are not intended for use during sleep or when driving a car because they restrict movement of the wrist joint and hand.

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