Epicondylitis

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Epicondylitis is a term that refers to the inflammation of tendons surrounding the elbow. It occurs in two forms, medial epicondylitis (golfer elbow) and lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), both of which have common underlying sources. Although the conditions engender considerable pain and impairment, they are receptive to treatment and efficacious interventions are available.

Lateral epicondylitis is the result of weak extensor muscles that degenerate due to repetitive strain or acute trauma. This stress leads to muscle inflammation and deterioration, and it creates vulnerability to future injury. Similarly, medial epicondylitis involves overuse and tightening of the flexor muscles, which can lead to muscle tears and swelling. In both cases, weak muscles place undue strain on the tendons and joints.

Traditionally, doctors advised rest and over-the-counter pain medication to treat both forms of epicondylitis. However, as the pathophysiology of these conditions becomes better understood, treatment is becoming more proactive. These days, focus is on prevention and on techniques for bolstering muscle, tendon, and joint integrity.

Both forms of epicondylitis respond well to exercises that address the underlying muscle dysfunction. Indeed, flexion/extension, pronation/supination and radial/ulnar deviation exercises that build strength and prevent tears are a central part of effective treatment. They help to promote balance around vulnerable joints and they can go a long way toward preventing illness and injury. Take a moment to learn more about this evidence-based approach by visiting www.repetitive-strain.com

 


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