Tennis elbow is the common name given to overuse and degeneration with suboptimal healing of the common tendon on the outer aspect of the elbow. Golfer’s elbow on the other hand involves the tendons on the inner side of the elbow.
These are usually overuse injuries and are more commonly due to activities other than tennis or golf! As these tendons usually control wrist and finger movement, the symptoms are usually related to movement of the wrist and fingers as well as with gripping and carrying heavy loads.
Quite often, one can also develop these problems from repetitive motions such as typing at a keyboard.
Fortunately, these conditions usually resolve with some rest and stretching. One should avoid carrying heavy objects, screwing movements and make modifications to the work/office ergonomics if this is the cause of one’s problem.
A tennis elbow support may also help to protect the tendon as it is healing. Physiotherapy can also help manage the pain and to facilitate your recovery. One may sometimes require other treatment modalities to promote tendon healing.
Occasionally, these degenerative problems may progress to a tear in the tendon that may not heal well. Should non-operative treatment not adequately resolve the symptoms, surgery may be helpful.
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