Tennis elbow, medically termed as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition which causes painful inflammation of the elbow joint. Due to this condition, straightening or fully extending your arm is likely to be painful. Tennis elbow is a common injury, especially among sports people, that weakens the tendons that join your forearm muscles to your bones due to repetitive motion.
What causes Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow occurs when repetitive stress weakens a specific muscle in the forearm, i.e. the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle. As the elbow bends and straightens, there occurs microscopic tears in the muscle’s tendon at the point where it attaches to the bone of the elbow. The inflammation and pain are caused due to these minute tears. Playing racquet sports like tennis can often cause this condition. Other activities which may put you at risk for tennis elbow are swimming, golfing or frequently using a screwdriver, hammer, or even computer.
Know the Symptoms
- Elbow pain
- Radiating pain from the elbow to the forearm and wrist
- Weakened grip
- Pain while lifting objects or using force
Tennis elbow requires a considerable healing time and rest for good recovery. It can be treated with physical therapy, anti inflammatory medications, steroidal injections and various other therapies. At Regencare, we specialize in non surgical, regenerative medicine using PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) injections. High concentration of platelets and growth factors in PRP treatment (Orthogen P) enhances the healing process and can save you from being surgically treated.