Tendinitis: Elbow (Epicondylitis, ‘Tennis Elbow’, ‘Golfer’s Elbow’)
What is it?
Tennis elbow (epicondylitis) is the inflammation of the tendons in the elbow area and is caused by overuse and injury to the area. Tennis elbow affects the tendons on the outside of the elbow. Did you know, this is the condition that made Tendonitis ‘Famous? The most ‘at-risk’ groups are those athletes who partake in sports such as tennis and golf; thus the nicknames ‘Tennis Elbow’ and ‘Golfer’s Elbow’. The tendons on the inside of the elbow can be equally painful.
- Pain felt when extending the arm during or directly after exercise or activity. The pain may also be felt at the back of the elbow in which case it is tricep tendonitis.
- Possible Inflammation on the elbow area visually discernable
- Feeling a burning or hot sensation around the affected area; most common after exercise or activity.
- Moderate to severe stiffness when trying to bend the elbow against resistance such as Factory Work; Pushing, Pulling, Lifting Heavy objects. In severe cases, this stiffness may be felt every time you try to bend the elbow (without resistance).