Lateral Epicondylitis

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Lateral epicondylitis, better known as tennis elbow, is an irritation of the tissue connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this conditon in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm.

Athletes arent the only people who develop tennis elbow. People whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters and carpenters.

The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist.

Tennis elbow is an overuse and muscle strain injury. The cause is repeated contraction of the forearm muscles that you use to straighten and raise your hand and wrist. This can result in a series of tiny tears in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the bony prominence at the outside of your elbow.

Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers often help relieve tennis elbow. If conservative treatments dont help or if symptoms are disabling, your doctor might recommend surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.