Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow
1) Elbow Pain
2) Tennis Elbow
3) (Lateral Epicondylitis)
4) Golfer's Elbow
5) (Medial Epicondylitis)
Tennis Elbow (inflammation of the muscles that insert into the epicondyle part of the humerus) may occur after injury to this area.
This may be due to underlying weakness to those muscles, overuse, and sometimes due to equipment (tennis racquet strings to tight).
Tennis Elbow is the popular term for inflammation of the lateral epicondyle or insertion of the muscles that extend the wrist (whereas Golfer's Elbow is inflammation of the flexor group that inserts at the medial (inside) epicondyle of the elbow).

Tennis Elbow is more common than Golfer's Elbow in both Tennis players and Golfers.

Treatment
Rest is important to prevent aggravation. Ice is useful to decrease pain and swelling especially in the first 72 hours.
Heat may be applied after 72 hours. Both should be applied no more than 15-20 minutes per setting. Stretching the inflamed area helps.
Athletic Therapists and Physiotherapists will give flexibility and
strengthening programs. This is the most important treatment, as this will also prevent the return of more problems.
Medication
Anti-inflammatories are the drug of choice decreasing both inflammation and pain.


Braces

A proper fitting tennis elbow brace is useful in unloading the insertion of the muscles at the epicondyles, allowing activity while permitting a relative rest at the elbow.

Cortisone Injections
- are useful in delivering a strong anti-inflammatory effect at the site of epicondylitis. Surgery is rarely needed but occasionally used for the most severe cases.

Technique
Attending a tennis or golf pro clinic can help correct mistakes that predispose people to develop epicondylitis.

Proper racquet and good golf club grips (graphite clubs are high quality) can also decrease unnecessary forces across the elbow.

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