Tennis elbow is an inflammation, soreness or pain experienced on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow. It may be due to partial tear of a tendon or muscle connecting the bones. When we use the muscle frequently, small tears develop on the tendon. This leads to irritation and pain in the elbow joint.
Any activity that causes twisting of wrist can lead to this condition. One common cause is constant keyboard or mouse use. 95% of cases have been seen in housewives, carpenter, miners, drill worker, athletes.
Symptoms of this condition include elbow pain that gradually gets worse, pain that occurs while grasping and twisting, a weakening grasp, swelling, inflammation, redness and tenderness (of the elbow joint area), shaky hands and difficulty or pain while lifting weights
Any activity that causes twisting of the wrist can lead to this very painful conditionIt usually takes 6 to 12 months to completely cure a tennis elbow. The first step to treat this condition is to rest your arm and avoid the activity that causes the above mentioned symptoms.
Put ice on the outside of the elbow twice or thrice daily. A compression strap can also be very beneficial in this condition. It can be worn while performing any activity that causes pain and irritation in the elbow. Physiotherapy like ultrasound therapy and exercises are beneficial in the long term. This condition is most commonly seen in people within the age group of 30 and 40.
After recovery, you should start working on regaining muscle strength and the lost range of motion. Also proper rest should be given to the elbow. Motions such as throwing and twisting should be avoided. Moreover take proper consultation from qualified doctors/physiotherapists.
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