Epicondylitis

Other names: Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, lateral epicondylitis, medial epicondylitis, tendon inflammation.

What it is: Pain resulting from tendon degeneration or a tendon injury and inflammation at the elbow.

Cause: This is usually caused by direct trauma or overuse involving repetitive pulling or pushing activities with wrist and elbow use.

Treatment: Avoid irritating factors, such as wrist overuse, pushing or pulling. Splinting and therapy can be beneficial. Anti-inflammatory
medication and/or a steroid injection can also be helpful. Occasionally, surgery is needed.

A Hand Therapy Program can usually speed up the recovery and prevent recurrence. This involves education in avoidance of irritating factors, alternate ways to perform some activities, and an exercise program for the particular injury. Early on, an extensive program may exacerbate the pain, but eventually it will help resolve all symptoms.