Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) are both elbow's injuries and most of the times the tendons of the elbow are inflamed due to overuse or weakness.
The pain in tennis elbow is normally felt on the outside of the elbow and affects mainly the extensor muscles of the wrist, when golfer elbow causes pain on the inside of the elbow affecting more the wrist flexor muscles.
Usually it happens to athletes, people who type all day or people who are doing manual jobs using their hands repetitively (carpenters, painters, etc...) https://www.physiopattern.com/.
What are the symptoms of Tennis and Golfer's elbow?
A lot of pain is felt on the inside or outside of the elbow and pain usually radiates along to forearm muscles. It is also common to feel numbness or tingling sensation on your fingers. Pain can be mild initially but without treatment and overuse of the affected muscles and tendons, can worsen symptoms. Other symptoms may include stiffness on the forearm-elbow-wrist area and reduced range of movement.
What should I do if I have golfer or tennis elbow?
The best thing you can do is to receive treatment as soon as possible. Lateral or medial epicondylitis type of pain doesn’t subside without treatment. It might be beneficial the first 48 hours to use ice but then is better not to use ice or heat unless it’s suggested from a professional. Also an elbow brace is not really beneficial and it might have the opposite results if it’s used for long period of time during the day. Cortisone injections are also suggested only in severe cases in order to reduce inflammation and pain but in normal situations it's better to avoid them and follow the treatment modalities below in order to have long term results treating the cause of the problem . https://www.physiopattern.com/ .
Treatment for Tennis or Golfer Elbow
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And Kinesio-Tape (https://www.physiopattern.com/kinesio-tape) can also be beneficial.
In Physiopattern.co.uk we will find the cause of your elbow pain. Most of the times the elbow is compensating for something else, quite often the forearm muscles work hard due to fingers, shoulder, neck and sometimes back muscle weakness (like Latissimus Dorsi muscle). In Physiopattern.co.uk we guarantee that we will treat the cause of your problem and not just the symptoms. We will prevent any kind of re-occurrence when you are back to your normal activities.
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