Everything you need to know about Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow Golfer's Elbow: this is defined as pain on the medial or inside of the elbow. Tennis Elbow: this is defined as pain on the lateral or outside of the elbow. Golfer's and Tennis Elbow are often referred to epicondylitis, however, more common clinically, these terms are used for tendonitis.
Is it a strain, tendinitis or epicondylitis? And the differences between the three.
Strain- A muscle has been overworked overtime, or a sudden traumatic incident has occurred. The muscle is injured and hurts with use of the hand or elbow. Rest makes this feel better. Prognosis is good and treatment time the shortest of the three conditions.
Tendonitis- A muscle has been over worked overtime and has degenerated and is inflamed, now the tendon attached to the muscle is degenerating. Rest typically helps and pain is dull and constant or intermittent. Prognosis is good, however, tendons have a lower blood supply then muscles and will heal more slowly.
Epicondylitis- The tendon has now degenerated to the bone/attachment point. Rest may not feel like it is helping and pain/ dull ache is constant. Treatment time takes the longest with this condition and requires longer periods of rest and conservative care.
Symptoms vary between patients based on personality, lifestyle and many other factors.
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