Wellness Wednesday: Repetitive Motions and Elbow Conditions

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Loudoun County, Va. — Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are both overuse injuries that are caused by any activity that requires repetitive motion of the arm and wrist. Repetitive motions using forehand/backhand are common in cooks, painters, carpenters, plumbers or computer/mouse work. Either one of these conditions can also develop from everyday chores such as raking, gardening, chopping wood, or shoveling. Both of these conditions are forms or epicondylitis, which is a medical term for inflammation of a tendon that attaches to bone (Epicondyle) of the elbow joint.

Common symptoms of Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis

  • Pain that radiates from the outside of your elbow and down your forearm and wrist
  • Tenderness on the outside of your elbow (May be constant or present with activity)
  • Weakness in your forearm or a weak grip
  • Pain when reaching, lifting or when you grip things, twist something or, if you play tennis, (especially with backhand strokes)
  • Pain when you extend your wrist

Common symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow/Medial Epicondylitis

  • Pain and tenderness on the inside of your elbow
  • Pain that radiates down your arm from the inside of your elbow
  • Weakness in your hand or wrist
  • Numbness or tingling in your ring and little fingers
  • Pain when you grip or twist things as is common in the golf swing
  • Pain when you flex your wrist

The Solution

Tennis and golfer’s elbow are not generally considered serious and under most conditions can be managed with rest and ice. If left untreated however, symptoms can worsen causing more severe pain and weakening of the wrist and forearms causing poor productivity and performance at work and with sports. Physical therapy can aid in reducing pain and quicken recovery through stretching and strengthening exercises.

Note from our sponsor: Call Loudoun Sports Therapy Center today, at 703-450-4300, to schedule your evaluation and start living pain free again!

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