Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

This condition, commonly called tennis elbow, is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to the elbow. The pain is primarily felt at the lateral epicondyle. Lateral epicondylitis involves the extensor muscles,  and the extensor tendons, which attach the muscles to the lateral epicondyle. Causes include specific repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. This stress causes tiny tears to develop in one or more extensor tendons. This condition typically causes pain and tenderness that is most prominent on the lateral epicondyle. It may radiate along the forearm and wrist. The grip of the hand may feel weak. It is common in persons who play racquet sports, but certain jobs can also raise a person’s risk. Affected occupations plumbers, painters, carpenters. Treatment options may include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications and stretching exercises. A physician may recommend an arm brace or wrist splint and physical therapy or massage therapy.  Steroid injections or PRP injections may also provide relief.