Are You Suffering From Tendinitis?
The location where these muscles insert may become irritated or inflamed, either as a result of an injury or overuse. This condition is known as lateral epicondylitis or "tennis elbow"- although the majority of those affected do not have to play tennis.
Tennis, carpentry, bricklaying, knitting, playing piano, typing, and raising items with your palm facing down are all examples of this. Your dominant arm is far more likely to be affected.
The pain will typically begin as an intermittent or gradual discomfort during activity and then it progresses so that even simple activities, like holding a coffee cup, can become painful. Pain may in some cases increase when you straighten your arm, grip a doorknob or shake hands. The pain can also vary from mild to severe and commonly radiates into the forearm, sometimes to the wrist.
In certain cases, modifying or eliminating the activities that cause these symptoms is the first step in an effective recovery plan. At night, do your best to avoid sleeping with your elbow compressed beneath your pillow. Also, you should try to avoid lifting heavy objects with your palm facing down. Tennis or racquetball players may need to consider changing to a lighter racket or try a smaller handle.
If the situation calls for it we may prescribe a "counterforce brace" for your elbow. This brace will act as a temporary new attachment site for your muscles and will help to reduce the stress that is being placed on your elbow. We may prescribe some sports creams and home ice massage as well. Always remember to be Be patient with your recovery!