A number of anatomical structures are packed into a tight space in the elbow. This combined with heavy and constant use of one’s arm in everyday life make this joint especially prone to injury and disease. Diagnosis and therapy are often long, drawn-out processes and symptoms can cover a wide range. See below for some of the common problem areas.
Tennis isn’t the only cause of elbow problems: a variety of daily activities, such as computer work or manual labor, can also stress this joint by overtaxing the muscles of the wrist and finger extensors. The result can be intense, stabbing pains, particularly on the external portion of the elbow joint.
Treatment includes resting the joint and avoiding movements that trigger the pain. Local pain relievers and elbow supports can also bring relief, as can a whole range of physical therapy.
Golfer’s elbow is a condition in which the muscles that bend the wrist and fingers are chronically overtaxed. Just as in tennis elbow, rest, pain relievers and elbow supports are frequently the treatments of choice.
This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition. Do not disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you read here.
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Arthritis, General Soreness, Swelling, Tennis /Golfers Elbow (Tendonitis)