Elbow tendinitis is one of the most common types of tendinitis. This condition refers to the inflammation present in the tendons and connective tissue at the elbow.

When the inflammation involves the bony attachment (epicondyle) of the elbow tendons, the condition is called epicondylitis. Elbow tendinitis and epicondylitis can occur in anyone who repetitively uses the elbow by consistently rotating the forearm muscle tendons.

The tennis player risks tennis elbow, which is pain on the outside of the elbow. This pain is caused by inflammation of the forearm muscles, which extend (bend back or cock-up) the wrist and fingers.

Read more: Tennis elbow treatments

The golfer can develop golfer’s elbow, which is pain on the inside of the elbow. This pain is caused by inflammation of the forearm muscles, which flex the wrist and fingers.

Read more: Golfer elbow treatments

Elbow Tendonitis Specialist Clinic

Elbow Tendonitis Causes

Muscle weaknesses and/or imbalances

Overuse and overload of the elbow joint by repetitive rotation of the forearm, which extends and flexes the wrist

Improper equipment, such as too small or large grip size, too tight or loose string tension

Incorrect technique and over training, such as excessive wrist action, uneven strokes, poor contact with the ball, and problems with balance and follow-through

Elbow Tendonitis Treatments

According to elbow tendonitis specialist clinic, elbow tendonitis treatments include:

Elbow Tendonitis Medications – To relieve pain and swelling include anti-inflammatory medicine.

Elbow Tendonitis Braces – reducing the pressure on and supporting the inflamed tendons is the same. As the elbow heals, the brace should be used less and less, and then just for support to protect the tendons from re-injury. 

Elbow Tendonitis Injections – inject a corticosteroid drug or local anesthetic into the affected tendon to help to reduce elbow inflammation.

Elbow Tendonitis Physiotherapy – to help reduce the elbow inflammation. The physical therapist may use such modalities as ultrasound, phonophoresis, iontophoresis, friction massage, electrogalvanic stimulation, and soft tissue mobilization to treat scar tissue caused by the chronic inflammation.

Elbow Tendonitis Surgery – If all other forms of treatment failed to provide relief, then surgery should be considered. This usually consists of surgical release of the origin of the common extensor tendons from the lateral epicondyle bone with removal of scar tissue in the area. This procedure can be performed as day surgery.

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