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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 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: Medications – To relieve pain and swelling include anti-inflammatory medicine. Braces – reducing the pressure on and supporting the inflamed tendons is the same. Injections – inject a corticosteroid drug or local anesthetic into the affected tendon to help to reduce elbow inflammation. Physiotherapy – to help reduce the elbow inflammation. The physical therapist may use such modalities as ultrasound, friction massage 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.