Lateral Epicondylitis – What Is Lateral Epicondylitis?

Lateral epicondylitis is an inflammation of any of the tendon attaching to the bony bump on the outer side of the elbow called the lateral epicondyle. A tendon is a cord-like tissue attaching your muscle to your bone. Lateral epicondylitis is commonly called tennis elbow.

Causes

In lateral epicondylitis, any of the forearm tendons attaching to the lateral epicondyle becomes irritated and inflamed causing symptoms. Repetitive movements or overuse of the forearm muscles that bend the wrist and hand often causes the condition. In others, direct blow to the outside of the elbow or forceful movement may also lead to the development of lateral epicondylitis.

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms may include pain and tenderness on the outside part of your elbow. You symptoms may worsen with wrist and hand movement. You may also have difficulty holding objects.

Treatments

Treatments for lateral epicondylitis may include rest, using ice pack, pain medication, and elevating your injured limb above the level of your heart. Physiotherapy may also help. Special medical treatments may be necessary for severe cases of lateral epicondylitis.

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