Injury Report on Elbow Tendonitis
Elbow Tendonitis aka Epicondylitis is a common injury.
It is basically an overuse injury that causes an inflammation of the tendons at the elbow. Typically described as a dull pain that worsens with activity, especially gripping.
Tendonitis can be of the Lateral tendons which we call “Tennis Elbow”. It involves the Elbow Extensor muscle. Tendonitis can also be of the Medial tendons which we call “Golfer’s Elbow”. It involves the Elbow Flexors and Pronators.
Elbow Tendonitis Treatment
#1 Rest it. Do less of the activity that is aggravating it. (for many people this is using screwdrivers, lifting, pull-ups, etc)
#2 Ice it. Especially after activity. You can use an ice cube or an ice cup to hit the small area for 3-5 minutes.
#3 Stretch it. Stretch out the elbow muscles a couple times a day.
#4 Massage it. Use some lotion/cream and massage the muscles that feel tight near the elbow joint.
Once the symptoms die down, slowly add in some progressive strengthening like wrist curls using dumbbells.
If things don’t get better from there, you may want to seek help from a Physical Therapist who could use other treatments like ultrasound, dry needling, and electrical stimulation.
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