Elbow conditions

Tennis elbow: (lateral epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is caused by inflammation of the insertion of the extensor muscles of the forearm, producing pain just below the elbow on the lateral side. This is a repetitive strain injury from overexertion with a twisting movement, such as overworking in the gym, overuse with a screwdriver etc.

Golfer's elbow: (medial epicondylitis)

is very similar to tennis elbow, but the inflammation is due to inflammation at the insertion of the flexor muscles of the elbow, producing pain on the medial side of the forearm, just below the elbow joint. The cause is repetitive stress e.g. from playing golf.

Bursitis inflammation of the bursa

Bursitis inflammation of the bursa, or fluid-filled sac, behind the olecranon, causing discomfort. May be due to traumatic injury or even gout.

Repetitive strain injury

Repetitive strain injury overuse of the elbow joint, causing inflammation of the area to produce pain in the forearm. This includes injuries such as tennis elbow and golfer's elbow, and also muscle strain. Can be produced, for example, by overworking in the gym, too much gardening, or too much use of the mouse while working at a computer.

Please note

Elbow pain may be referred from the neck, shoulder or wrist.

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