Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. Any activity that involves repetitive use of the extensor muscles of the forearm can cause acute or chronic tendonitis of the tendinous insertion of these muscles at the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. It is a painful condition of the elbow, as well as classic repetitive stress injury caused by overuse.  Any activity that strains the muscles around the elbow over and over again can cause it.

Symptoms

The pain associated with tennis elbow may radiate from the outside of your elbow into your forearm and wrist. Pain and weakness may make it difficult to:

  • Shaky hands
  • Difficulty to grip an object
  • Turn a doorknob

Treatment

Tennis elbow can usually be treated effectively with exercise and physical therapy and if needed anti inflammatory medicines along it. Physiotherapy treatment for the same usually includes pain management program which they even uses modalities such as electro physiotherapy. Usually in such cases treatments like phonophoresis (ultrasound), laser therapy etc. are very useful and helps in pain reduction. Initial treatment focus will be on pain reduction followed by physical exercises for the same.

To know more on this please contact Dr. Shruti Shetty, Consultant Physiotherapist on +919980067000/ 080-22586700 or leave a message to us on hello@kiteshealth.com or visit us on www.kiteshealth.com

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