"Tennis Elbow" - Lateral Epicondylitis
What is it?
The epicondylitis is an inflammation of the elbow tendons that cause a painful sensation. That feeling appears after several repeated and/or intense actions of the hand and arm.
This pathology is part of musculoskeletal disorders work-related upper limb. The people most affected are the professionals performing repetitive tasks, followed by people who perform work by exerting force of arms and often the tennis players, so it is usually called "Tennis Elbow".
The Epicondylitis is inflammation of the tendons that hold the muscles of the forearm to the epicondyle.
This condition can arise caused by a professional activity or for a leisure activity.
The risk is more pronounced in the case of tasks involving rotations or pushups repeated by hand. Some double the risk factors such as:
- Lack of a rest time (recovery) in repetitive tasks
- Work in the cold or drafty
- Work with machines that cause vibration
What are the symptoms?
The Epicondylitis can occur suddenly or gradually. Sometimes the epicondyle begins to become more sensitive to the touch, before the appearance of his own pain. The pain usually appears after repetitive motions and/or intensive hand and arm manifesting itself in various ways:
- Repeating the gesture that caused the Epicondylitis
- Grasping objects of an outstretched arm
- Performing a movement of rotation, for example, to open a door
In the practice of this sport, the inflammation of the tendons can be caused by:
- Hold the Racquet vigorously clenched fist
- Frequent Rotations of the forearm with repetitive wrist push-ups
- Impact Movements
What traditional treatments are usualy suggested?
- Medication with anti-inflammatories
- Cortisone injections
The estimated results for these therapies vary between 4 and 6 months