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Fast Facts About Tennis Elbow ๐ŸŽพ


Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow is a common condition that presents with pain and tenderness around the common extensor origin of the elbow (outside aspect of the elbow). It is generally regarded as an overuse injury involving repeated wrist extension against resistance, although it can occur as an acute injury (trauma to the lateral elbow).


Fast facts:

๐ŸŽพ Affects ~ 1โ€“3% of the adult population each year.

๐ŸŽพ Peak age is 40โ€“50 years, no clear correlation with gender.

๐ŸŽพ More common in the dominant arm.

๐ŸŽพ Up to 50% of all tennis players develop symptoms due to its association with back-hand shots with forced wrist extension.

๐ŸŽพ Not only does it affect tennis players! Occupation involved repetitive forearm and hand movement, or those who utilise heavy tools or engage in repetitive gripping or lifting task are also at risk.

๐ŸŽพ Tennis elbow is 7x more common than golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)

๐ŸŽพ Extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle is considered a key structure in tennis elbow.

Treatment ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

There us no universally accepted regime of treatment. Combination of pharmacological and physical modalities may be effective.


Exercises:

โœ… Iso-kinetic eccentric programme of exercises have been shown to yield good results.

๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ Brace or elbow clamp may be helpful, but clinical study results have been ambiguous.


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Ref:

Tennis elbow: A clinical review article. S. Cutts,a,โˆ— Shafat Gangoo,a Nitin Modi,an and Chandra Pasapulab.

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