Having trouble putting on or taking off your shirt? Does opening a jar cause a sharp shooting pain around your elbow? Is the pain coming directly from your elbow? Well if it is, you are most likely experiencing lateral epicondylitis.
Lateral epicondylitis, better known as “tennis elbow,” affects 1% to 3% of the population, and results in pain caused by overuse of the arm, forearm, and hand muscles that result in elbow pain. The term came into use because of the significant pain it causes some tennis players; however, you do not have to be a tennis player to experience this pain.
Symptoms of tennis elbow include:
* Slowly increasing pain around the outside of the elbow. Less often, pain may
* Pain is worse when shaking hands or squeezing objects.
* Pain is worse by stabilizing or moving the wrist with force; e.g., lifting, using tools,
opening jars, or even handling simple utensils such as a toothbrush or knife and
Diagnosing tennis elbow is usually by the description of pain you provide to your doctor and certain findings from a physical exam.
Since many other conditions can cause pain around the elbow, it is important that you see your doctor so the proper diagnosis can be made; then, your doctor can prescribe the appropriate treatment.
Treatment for tennis elbow has a very good prognosis. High success rate with Active Release Techniques®, Graston®, and eccentric stretches. For severe cases, forearm bracing to rest the tendons, topical anti-inflammatory gels, and cortisone injections might be sufficient.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, call your doctor today!