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Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

Also known as Tennis Elbow, Lateral Humeral Epicondylitis, Epicondylitis Lateralis, and Radiohumeral Bursitis

Lateral epicondylitis or lateral epicondylalgia, known colloquially as tennis elbow, shooter's elbow, and archer's elbow or simply lateral elbow pain, is a condition where the outer part of the elbow becomes sore and tender. Since the pathogenesis of this condition is still unknown, there is no single agreed name. While the common name "tennis elbow" suggests a strong link to racquet sports, this condition can also be caused by sports such as swimming and climbing, the work of manual workers and waiters, playing guitar and similar instruments, as well as activities of daily living.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), 92% report having elbow pain, 53% report having arm pain, and 38% report having shoulder pain. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) are elbow pain, elbow lump or mass, elbow swelling, and irregular belly button , although you may still have lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) often receive physical therapy exercises, other therapeutic procedures, application of splint, magnetic resonance imaging, other non-or therapeutic procedures on musculoskeletal system, occupational therapy assessment, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy and traction; splints; and other wound care .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) include triamcinolone topical product, diclofenac, meloxicam, cortisone, diclofenac topical product, trimethadione, methyl salicylate topical, acetaminophen / caffeine / phenyltoloxamine, methylsulfonylmethane, nitrofurazone topical, ethyl chloride topical, methyl salicylate-menthol topical and ginkgo biloba extract (ginkgo) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) include age 30-44 years age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow).

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.1x
15-29 years
0.1x
30-44 years
2.0x
45-59 years
2.2x
60-74 years
0.9x
75+ years
0.3x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.5x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.3x
Other
0.8x
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