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Transcript of Tennis Elbow
Pain slowly increasing around the outside of the elbow
Pain increases when shaking hands or squeezing objects and when stabilizing/moving the wrist with force
Examples of activities that increase pain; lifting, using tools, opening jars, or handling simple utensils such as a toothbrush, knife, or fork
Overuse of arm, forearm, and hand muscles that results in pain; Lateral Epicondylitis
HOW TO DIAGNOSE
Cannot be diagnosed from blood tests and rarely by X-rays
More commonly, it is diagnosed by the description of of your pain
In some cases, your doctor will give you a physical exam to confirm their results
A couple of weeks after the pain has reduced, specific physical therapy exercises become crucial
Exercises include stretching and strengthening musicales and tendons in the injured elbow
Essentially, the #1 way to recover is rest
Usually successfully treated by medical means
Physical therapy, forearm bracing to rest the tendons, topical anti-inflammatory gels, topical cortisone gels, and cortisone injections
Only rarely does it require surgery
LOCATION IN BODY
Elbow, wrist, and tendons in between
Usually occurs in dominant hand
DEVELOPMENT OF CONDITION
If you play a racquet sport, such as tennis or badminton, it can cause tennis elbow. However, most people who get tennis elbow don't play tennis
Most commonly, tennis elbow is caused when doing activities where you're gripping and twisting your wrist
Tennis elbow may be, to a certain extent, hereditary because some people are inherently more prone to tendonitis in general
"'Tennis Elbow': Villain Is Overuse, So Give It A Rest." Baltimore Sun. N.p., 03 Aug. 2009. Web. 05 Oct. 2014.
LONG TERM CONSEQUENCES
Contrary to it's name, only 5% of all tennis elbow diagnoses are related to actually playing tennis
To help lessen the continued stress and abuse of tennis elbow:
Use proper equiptment and techinique in sports/job
Use of counter-force or elastic brace (relieve pain)
Avoid tight gripping and overuse
Overall, 90%-95% of people will improve/recover if they follow the correct treatment plan
Only 5%-10% of people will require surgery to repair the injured muscle-tendon unit around the elbow
80%-90% of people who have the surgery result in pain relief and return of strength
"Tennis Elbow Symptoms, Braces, Treatments, Support, and More." WebMD. WedMD, n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2014.
"Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) -OrthoInfo- AAOS." Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)- OrthoInfo- AAOS. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2014.
"Tennis Elbow." Symptoms, Treatments and Causes. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2014.
"'Tennis Elbow': Villain Is Overuse, So Give It A Rest." Baltimore Sun. N.p., 03 Aug. 2009. Wed. 05 Oct. 2014.