Elbow Tendinopathy

elbow-tendinopathy

Overview

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.

Risks
  • Ageing
  • Smoking (reduces oxygen supply)
  • Performing activities that require repetitive movement that increases stress on susceptible tendons
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Improper equipment and technique
Treatment

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