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Lateral Epicondylitis

 

Lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow is a condition causing painful inflammation on the outside of the elbow.

Causes

  • Repeated strain on the forearm muscles while playing certain sports
  • Repeated twisting or extension of the wrist
  • Direct trauma to the elbow

Symptoms

  • Pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow that may radiate towards the wrist
  • Pain while lifting or grasping
  • Inability to extend the forearm completely

Treatment
Lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow usually gets cured on its own in a few weeks. Treatment may include:

  • Resting the elbow
  • Splinting or bracing
  • Ice packs or heat application
  • NSAIDs
  • Topical ointments
  • Corticosteroid injections in severe cases
  • Rarely, surgery

Prevention

  • Warm up before playing sports
  • Use correct techniques while playing sports or workouts
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises