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Tennis elbow

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Tennis elbow

  1. 1. By Shay Mortenson
  2. 2.  Tennis elbow is inflammation, soreness, or pain on the outside side of the upper arm near the elbow. There may be a partial tear of the tendon fibers, which connect muscle to bone. The tear may be at or near where these fibers begin, on the outside of the elbow.
  3. 3.  When you use these muscles a lot, small tears develop in the tendon. This leads to irritation and pain where the tendon is attached to the bone. This injury is most common in athletes who play a lot of tennis, baseball, volleyball, or golf
  4. 4.  Any activity that involves twisting of the wrist can lead to this condition. This condition may also be due to constant computer keyboard and mouse use.
  5. 5.  Elbow pain that gradually gets worse Pain from the outside of the elbow to the forearm and back of the hand when grasping or twisting Weak grasp
  6. 6.  The first step is to rest your arm and avoid the activity that causes your symptoms for at least 2 - 3 weeks. You may also want to: Put ice on the outside of your elbow 2 - 3 times a day. Take anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen, or aspirin).
  7. 7.  Apply an ice pack to the outside of the elbow Maintain good strength and flexibility in the arm muscles and avoid repetitive motions Rest the elbow when bending and straightening are painful
  8. 8.  Ice where it hurts Take medication Get good rest Takes at least 2 to 3 weeks to heal
  9. 9.  Regan WD, Grondin PP, Morrey BF. Elbow and forearm. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr., Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2009:chap 19. Schmidt MJ, Adams SL. Tendinopathy and bursitis. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009: chap 115.

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