Elbow tendonitis is perhaps best known as tennis elbow and is a hugely common condition up and down the US. Despite having a somewhat unserious sounding name, tennis elbow can be incredibly painful and largely incapacitating in the worst cases of the condition, which results in the swelling of the tendons around the elbow and across the arm.
Elbow tendonitis can affect largely any person at any age and does not necessarily have to involve any kind of sport or physical activity. That being said, those of an older age or with preexisting medical conditions may be more likely to suffer from tennis elbow due to weakening of the tendons and joints.
Unsurprisingly, the most common cause of elbow tendonitis is indeed taking part in sports over a prolonged period of time, or general overexertion. It doesn’t have to be tennis of course, but pretty much anything that involves the arms and puts pressure on the tendons can lead to a case of tennis elbow. Common examples include:
It is also possible to develop a painful case of elbow tendonitis without going anywhere nears a sporting activity – many common causes are more directly related to working, decorating and general day to day physical activities. For example:
If it’s an activity or scenario in which pressure is put on the tendons of the elbow, it has the potential to lead to elbow tendonitis. However, it often takes an extreme of pressure or ongoing pressure to result in the conditions presenting.
Perhaps the one silver lining to be found in the gloom of elbow tendonitis is the way in which the vast majority of cases can be treated with relative ease and don’t require any invasive surgery. Exactly how long it will take for the condition to subside varies, but in terms of treatments there are plenty of options available, such as:
In all cases of elbow tendonitis it is of crucial importance to reduce pressure on the affected area in order to give the tendons time to heal. As such, physical straps are almost always used in conjunction with pain killers to quell the patient’s suffering and also help reduce inflammation. This is usually enough to facilitate the healing process.
It is extremely rare to encounter a case of elbow tendonitis that cannot be fully cured and surgery avoided. Elbow tendonitis rarely does any permanent damage and will in most instances heal itself over time with little outside help.
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