Elbow Tendonitis – What Is Elbow Tendonitis?

Elbow tendonitis is an inflammation of any of the tendons attaching near your elbow. A tendon is the tissue that connects your muscle to your bone. Two of the most common types of elbow tendonitis are tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is the inflammation of the tendon attaching on the outer side of your elbow. Tennis elbow often happens because of overuse or repetitive movements of the forearm muscles. Although the condition is associated with playing tennis or other racket sports, tennis elbow can also occur in other sports and activities requiring repetitive forearm motions.

Tennis elbow can cause you to have pain and swelling on the outer side of your elbow. Treatments may involve rest, ice, pain medications, ultrasound, and physical therapy. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

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What is golfer’s elbow?

Golfer’s elbow occurs when the tendon attaching on the inner side of your elbow becomes irritated and inflamed. Golfer’s elbow is also called medial epicondylitis.

Although the condition can be experienced by people who play golf, it is not limited to them. People who repeatedly use their wrists and hands, such as racket players, baseball and softball players, carpenters, and typists, maybe at risk for golfer’s elbow, as well.

Golfer’s elbow can cause pain and tenderness on the inner side of your elbow. Treatment options are the same as in tennis elbow.

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