Tennis elbow is a common injury among tennis players that involves the inflammation or degeneration of the tendon that attaches to the bony bit, called the lateral epicondyle, on the outside of the arm or elbow. It is a type of tendonitis that involves the extensor tendons that move the wrist up. Golfer's elbow, on the other hand, involves the flexor tendons that move the wrist down. Although the majority of individuals with tennis elbow are between 40 and 50 years old, the condition can affect athletes of any age.
How does tennis elbow develop?
Tennis elbow is caused by vigorous and repeated use of the forearm against resistance, which can occur when playing certain sports such as tennis, or when using a screwdriver. As a result of these activities, the tendon is repeatedly pulled at the point at which it is attached to the bone. This leads to tenderness and pain in the affected arm, and can even cause small tears to develop. In the case of tennis, a poor backhand technique may contribute, or a grip that is too small, which will cause the muscles in the elbow to work harder and become inflamed.
What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain on the bony bit on the outside of the elbow; weakness in the wrist; pain on the outside of the elbow when the hand is bent back (extended) at the wrist against resistance; pain on the outside of the elbow when trying to straighten the fingers against resistance; and pain when pressing in on the bony bit on the outside of the elbow.
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of tennis elbow pain, but they do not address the root of the problem. By strengthening structural weaknesses in the body, as natural medicine treatments like Prolotherapy do, tennis elbow pain may be alleviated permanently.
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