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Lateral Epidoncylitis (Tennis elbow)

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow) is a chronic painful condition that is caused by overuse or abuse of forearm muscles. The dominant arm is frequently affected but in some cases, bilateral involvement is also reported.

What is Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)?

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow) occurs when a specific muscle and tendon in the forearm – the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle tendon – is damaged. This can take place in one or both arms.

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Signs and Symptoms of Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)

Symptoms of Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow) develops gradually and worsens over time. Classic symptoms include:

  • burning pain or abnormal sensation in the region of the outer elbow
  • weakening of elbow and grip strength
  • stiffness or pain when extending your arm
  • pain when bending or twisting your arm
  • swollen elbow joint
  • possible pain at night.

Causes of Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow) is usually caused by repetitive overuse of the ECRB. As the ECRB is weakened, microscopic tears form in the tendon, leading to inflammation and pain. There are rare cases, however, that have no known reason for causation ie idiopathic tennis elbow.

Certain risk factors can aggravate your risk of developing this condition; these include:

  • Certain occupational or sports related activities. Professional athletes, especially those who are actively engaged in racquet sports (such as tennis or badminton) are very likely to develop Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow). Occupations such as painters, plumbers and carpenters are also prone to developing Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow).
  • Physiological aging and history of pre-existing medical or metabolic conditions can also aggravates the risk of Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow). Most people who have this condition are between the ages of 30-50 years old.

Statistics and Epidemiology related to Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)

The prevalence of Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow) in general population is 1.3%

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