Overuse of the elbow joint causes small tears in the soft tissue, particularly where the tendon attaches to the bone. A tendon is a band of tissue that connects the muscle to the bone. Tears or inflammation of a tendon is referred to as tendinitis, and this can be experienced as an ache or pain the inner or outer elbow (referred to as elbow pain).
Do you suffer Elbow pain?
Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are the two main injuries resulting in elbow pain, with tennis elbow being the most common. In fact, about 1 in 3% of people suffer from tennis or golfer’s elbow.
Symptoms of elbow pain include :
Tennis elbow is a term used to describe a condition where the outside of the elbow becomes painful by overuse of the arm, forearm, and hand muscles. When these muscles are used repeatedly, small tears may develop in the tendon. This eventually leads to discomfort or pain where the tendon is attached to the bone.
Middle aged people are more likely to get Tennis Elbow
Anyone can develop tennis elbow – you do not have to play tennis to get it. The term is named tennis elbow as the repetitive use of the elbow joint resemble the movement used when swinging a tennis racquet.
According to the virtual medical centre, middle-aged adults aged between 40 and 60 are more susceptible to tennis elbow, although it can affect anyone at any age.
Onset tends to be gradual
Some tips to prevent elbow injuries before they happen includes:
If symptoms persist consult your doctor or natural therapist (e.g., myotherapist)
Golfer’s elbow is a term used to describe pain and tenderness on the inner part of the elbow. Overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist can form tears in the tendons, which cause pain and inflammation.
Golfers Elbow effects the inside of the elbow
Similarly to tennis elbow, anyone can get golfer’s elbow – not just those who play golf. It is named golfer’s elbow as the tendon involved in this injury is strained when motioning as if you were swinging a golf club.
Golfer’s elbow is most common in adults above the age of 35, although it can affect anyone at any age.
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