Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is painful condition of the outer aspect of elbow due to overuse.

It’s an inflammatory condition of the extensor tendons of the forearm at the outer aspect of elbow leading to pain.

Cause
  • Repeated over usage
  • Idiopathic
Symptoms
  • Pain – worse with movements like wrench or shaking hands
  • Swelling
  • Decreased grip strength
Investigations
  • X rays – to rule out bony abnormality at elbow
  • MRI – to rule out soft tissue injury
  • EMG – to rule out nerve compression
Treatment
Non-Surgical
  • Rest
  • Analgesics
  • Splint/brace
  • Physiotherapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • PRP injections
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
Surgical
  • It involves removing the damaged muscle and reattaching the healthy muscle at the elbow.
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