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What is tennis elbow?
Author: Chí Hùng
Review Date: August 6, 2018 | Last Modified: June 11, 2019
What is tennis elbow?

Know the basics

1. What is tennis elbow?

Elbow pain can occur due to damage to the muscles and tendons in the elbow area. The elbow joint consists of the head formed by the humerus, elbow bone and bone rotation. Protruding bone in the elbow is round the head of the humerus. The muscles and tendons that connect the humerus bone protruding through this section. Thanks to this structure, the arms can be folded and stretched. Sore muscles elbow when the tendon is cut or connect with relaxation. There are two common forms of elbow pain:

  • Pain tennis elbow: the outer part of the elbow affected, elbow type is easily treated.
  • Pain in the elbow in golfers: the inside of the elbow affected.

The disease often occurs with workers who exercise regularly or strenuously, especially when right elbow repetitive movements such as a tennis, golf. The disease often occurs in people between 30 and 50 years old. Please consult your doctor for more information.

2. Symptoms

Depending on the type of elbow you will have symptoms that vary little more.

Tennis elbow:

There is relatively similar symptoms ligament inflammation. But the biggest difference is in the elbow, the tissue cells not swollen. Symptoms of the disease include:

  • Special arm pain and severe pain when moving or touching.
  • Burning feeling runs from the elbow to the arm.
  • The pain lasts continuously, even when resting.
  • Handles can be weak and had difficulty lifting, gripping things or do things as simple as writing, brushing.

Elbow pain in golfers:

You will feel the pain inside his forearm or elbow. Also there are other symptoms such as:

  • The elbow was stiff;
  • Wrist or arm weakness;
  • Fingers (especially the ring finger and pinkie) are numbness or tingling;

There may be other symptoms not present above. If you have any questions about these signs, please consult your doctor.

Diagnosis and Treatments

1. How is tennis elbow diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose elbow through medical history and clinical examination on shoulder, arm and wrist of you. In addition, other tests or X-rays to rule out the disease with similar symptoms include arthritis, cervical spine disease, neurological disorders and pinched nerves well done. Your doctor may also request magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to take pictures of the ligament.

2. How is tennis elbow treated?

Treatments elbow include anti-inflammatory drugs and physiotherapy to recover joint activities. Your doctor may give you oral anti-inflammatory drugs for pain. If the pain continues to lengthen, the doctor will inject direct anti-inflammatory drugs in your elbow.

More informations

1. Know the causes

As the case may be different elbow that cause could be different, namely:

  • Tennis elbow pain: usually caused by too much use arms while working or playing sports. Also lifting something too heavy can cause injuries.
  • Pain in the elbow in golfers: occurs due to excessive use of wrist. In addition, the movements as heavy lifting, throwing, polishing (or other sports equipment) improper technique can lead to painful elbow.

2. Know the risk factors

These risk factors makes you prone to tennis elbow pain are:

  • Making trades as carpenters, factory workers, musicians, cashier, plumber or profession requires using one hand repetitive motion.
  • Sports technical error.

There are no risk factors does not mean you cannot get sick. These factors are common and just for reference only. You should consult a specialist doctor for more details.

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Ferri, Fred. Ferri’s Netter Patient Advisor. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders / Elsevier, 2012. Print edition.