Causes of Lateral Epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition that affects the elbow. Many people now refer to the condition as “tennis elbow,” but British surgeon Henry Morris first called the condition “lawn tennis arm” in an 1883 publication of The Lancet. Others had called it different names, such as “writer’s cramp” and “washer woman’s elbow.” Doctors have learned quite a lot about lateral epicondylitis since the 1800s. They quickly learned that the condition affects more than just tennis players – the painful elbow problem can develop in almost anyone who uses repetitive motions with their elbow. Medical researchers have also learned about the underlying causes of lateral epicondylitis and its risk factors….

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Surgery for Lateral Epicondylitis

More commonly known as tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis is a painful disorder affecting tendons and muscles connected to the bump on the outside portion of an elbow.  Fortunately, symptoms eventually get better for most patients with conservative treatments.  However, a hand doctor might recommend surgery when pain incapacitates a patient after an extended period. Overview of the Condition According to the University of North Carolina, between 1 and 3 percent of individuals suffer from this disorder every year.  Age is the greatest risk factor.  Men and women develop the condition equally.  Three out of every four cases involve the arm of the individual’s dominant hand. Around 90 percent of patients…

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Hand Doctor Discusses Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Hand Doctor Discusses Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) Lateral epicondylitis is the medical term for tennis elbow, a common condition that causes pain on the outside part of your elbow. Tennis elbow is an overuse injury that can develop after playing tennis or other racquet sports, although people can develop lateral epicondylitis after engaging in other activities. Lateral epicondylitis can prevent you from going to work, attending school, playing sports, or taking care of your family. Fortunately, a hand doctor can diagnose and treat lateral epicondylitis. About Lateral Epicondylitis Tendons connect muscles to bones; muscles pull on tendons to move bones at the joints where two or more bones come together….

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5 Things to Know About Lateral Epicondylitis

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your elbow area, you might have a condition called lateral epicondylitis. Often known as tennis elbow, this condition is caused by irritation or inflammation of the tissue that extends from your elbow to the muscles in your forearm. Here are some things to know about this painful and bothersome condition. 1. You Don’t Have to Play Tennis to Get it Lateral epicondylitis is called tennis elbow because it is common among tennis players due to the motion of swinging the racket. But you don’t have to play tennis to get the condition. It may affect a lot of people who play tennis,…

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Lateral Epicondylitis – Not Just for Tennis Players

What is Lateral Epicondylitis? Lateral epicondylitis is the medical term for what is commonly called tennis elbow. The Florida Hand Center hand doctors offer both conservative and surgical treatment for this painful condition that affects the muscles and tendons that attach to a bony prominence on the side of the elbow. The muscles straighten and stabilize the wrist; they become weakened and can degenerate from overuse. The term tennis elbow came into use because tennis players often develop this condition, although people who don’t play tennis can also develop lateral epicondylitis. Who Gets Lateral Epicondylitis? Painters, plumbers and carpenters are particularly prone to developing lateral epicondylitis. Auto workers, cooks and…

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Treatment Options for Lateral Epicondylitis

Lateral Epicondylitis is a painful condition that makes moving your arm difficult. Having this condition can affect your life dramatically, making it difficult for you to work, exercise or engage in any form of physical activity. If you are suffering from Lateral Epicondylitis, seeking treatment can improve your symptoms and increase your enjoyment of life. Fortunately, several treatment options are available to meet your needs. Lateral Epicondylitis Basics Lateral Epicondylitis, which may also be referred to as tennis elbow, occurs when the muscles used to straighten and stabilize the wrist degenerate and become weak. This leads to tenderness in the affected area, as well as severe pain with activity. While some patients experience…

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Lateral Epicondylitis: More than “Tennis Elbow”

Lateral epicondylitis, most commonly referred to as tennis elbow, is a serious and painful condition that is best treated by a hand doctor. The Florida Hand Center is led by Dr. Stephen Helgemo, Jr., a board certified arm and hand surgeon with years of experience in the successful treatment of lateral epicondylitis Causes of Lateral Epicondylitis This condition is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The inflammation is caused by repetitive motions and often occurs in when playing racquet sports such as tennis or racquet ball. Although many people think of lateral epicondylitis as a sports injury, according to the…

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