Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
A condition characterized by pain radiating over the lateral epicondyle, a bone located in the elbow. Lateral epicondylitis occurs when the tendons attached to this bone start to deteriorate from overuse.
Although lateral epicondylitis is commonly referred to as tennis elbow, it can occur in individuals who engage in any action that involves repetitive twisting of the wrist or forearm. These repetitive movements cause the tendon in the elbow to tear and deteriorate.
Lateral epicondylitis may cause symptoms that include pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow, lack of full extension of the elbow joint and tightness of the forearm muscles.
Lateral epicondylitis may be treated using various nonsurgical procedures including compression of the forearm by wearing a brace, applying heat to the injured area, completing physical therapy and other stretching exercises to strengthen the muscles around the elbow joint and receiving cortisone injections into the injured tendon to relieve pain.