Lateral Epicondylitis Overview
What is lateral epicondylitis?
A person with lateral epicondylitis has inflammation of the lateral epicondyle. The lateral epicondyle is part of the humerus bone, near the elbow. Tendons attach the muscles of the forearm to the lateral epicondyle. Strenuous use of the forearm muscles can cause inflammation of the bone where the tendons attach to the lateral epicondyle. Most cases of lateral epicondylitis resolve over 4-6 weeks with treatment and rest.
What are the symptoms of lateral epicondylitis?
Symptoms of lateral epicondylitis include elbow pain that is located along the outer aspect of the elbow. The pain worsens with extension of the wrist, and while grasping an object with the hand. Additional symptoms include elbow tenderness, elbow swelling, and hand weakness (unilateral).
How does the doctor treat lateral epicondylitis?
The treatment for lateral epicondylitis may include rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for lateral epicondylitis may include physical therapy, narcotic pain medications, and corticosteroid injections.
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