Tennis elbow is also called Lateral Epicondylitis / Extensor Tendinopathy and symptoms include pain and tenderness in the outer part of the elbow and affects extensor muscles (extensor carpi radialis brevis and extensor digiti minimi). It affects those doing repetitive activity (cleaning, washing windows) but commonly affects tennis or racket sports players. Grip strength, poor techniques or incorrect racquet handle, using a screwdriver, cleaning, lifting, can cause this condition. A combination of treatment, rest and rehabilitation will allow muscles to heal.
Pain on the outer part of the elbow
Weakness and/or pain in straightening fingers, turning door handles, gripping, lifting or playing racquet sports
Extensor muscle strain
Radio-ulnar joint dysfunction
Radial head dislocation
Cervical facet dysfunction-referral
Tennis Elbow Case Study 1:
A 51 year old patient presented with weakness, pain and burning in her right forearm caused by tennis elbow. Pain was caused by grasping, ironing clothes for 1 hour, holding a toothbrush, lifting arm overhead, and turning the key in locks.
On a questionnaire for pain and disability she scored 42.5% at the first visit, and after 2 weeks of treatment scored 98.8%, almost 100% - a marked improvement and decrease in pain.
Within 3 weeks of treatment, all the aggravating activities were normal and pain free.
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