March 08, 2013
Sports Medicine III
What is Tennis Elbow? Tennis elbow or also known as lateral epicondylitis is a very painful condition where the tendons are attached to the bone laterally of the elbow. The tendon is basically a fastener for the muscles to the bone. This is common in most adults whom play sport and young adults. It is an overuse injury in the lateral part of the elbow. It occurs at common extensor tendon that originates from the lateral epicondyle. It mostly is an acute pain that the patient usually feels when the arm is fully extended. The stresses from holding too large of a racquet grip or from repetitive gripping and grasping. The causes of tennis elbow are primarily overexertion. However, studies show that trauma such as direct blows to the epicondyle, a sudden forceful pull, or forceful extension cause more than half of these injuries. But athletes are not the only people who get tennis elbow. Many people with tennis elbow participate in work or recreational activities that require repetitive and vigorous use of the forearm muscle. Most people who get tennis elbow are between the ages of 30 and 50, although anyone can get tennis elbow if they have the risk factors. But also Lateral epicondylitis can occur without any recognized repetitive injury. This occurrence is called insidious, or of an unknown case perhaps is a better way of putting it. Some signs and symptoms of tennis are pain from gripping and movements of the wrist, especially wrist extension and lifting movements. Point tenderness over the lateral epicondyle, which is a prominent part of the bone on the outside of the elbow. Radiating pain from the outside of the elbow to the forearm and wrist, weakness of the forearm, a painful grip while shaking hands, morning stiffness or turning a doorknob, and not being able to hold relatively heavy items in the hand. The pain is similar to the condition known as golfer's...