Tendinopathy (or tendinitis) is the most common condition affecting the elbow.
- It is called “tennis elbow” or lateral epicondylitis when there is an injury to the outer elbow tendon
- It is called “golfer’s elbow” or medial epicondylitis when there is an injury to the inner elbow tendon
Elbow tendinopathy most often affects the dominant arm. Symptoms include: pain and burning of the elbow that radiates to the forearm, weakness of the forearm. The pain can be sudden or develop gradually.
- Smoking (reduces oxygen supply)
- Performing activities that require repetitive movement that increases stress on susceptible tendons
- Lifting heavy objects
- Improper equipment and technique
A combination of different treatments mentioned below will result in resolution of the symptoms in nearly every case.
- Electrotherapeutic modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation
- Massage therapy
- Therapeutic strapping and bracing
- Dry needling
- Therapeutic exercises: stretching and strengthening muscles
- Assessment of body mechanics and education to avoid future injury