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Tennis Elbow

The affliction known as tennis elbow involves pain on the outside aspect of the elbow which limits a person’s ability to lift and is associated with a perceived weakness which is actually increased pain from the inflammatory site. As defined in the fourth edition of Orthopaedics this affliction is “The syndrome of chronic disabling pain in the elbow, particularly about the radiohumeral articulation, is designated tennis elbow rather than epicondylitis or radiohumeral bursitis in view of lack of specificity regarding its origin” (Tennis 1). Typically, however, tennis elbow is referred to as lateral epicondylitis. It is a common injury that affects not only tennis players with improper form, but also carpenters, mechanics and anyone else whose activity consists of repetitive twisting of the arm. Overuse and misuse are often the two factors most associated with the development of the ailment. There are a variety of causes and treatment options for this affliction this analysis will discuss.

Tennis elbow is generally caused from misuse or overuse of the arm, especially when repeated twisting motion is involved. Tennis elbow is within the generally family of traction syndromes that have share causative factors. Tennis elbow is caused by similar factors that produce jumper’s knee or policeman’s heel because they all involve a strong fascial or tendinous-bony attachment which experiences repeated stress at the site. There is a good deal that remains to be understood about the specific causes of these traction syndromes, but the following description encompasses the process by which they most typically develop:

A few fibers of the tendon or muscle-tendon-bone junction are stretched beyond their elastic limits or torn microscopically which initiates the normal repair inflammation. In the majority of instances this stretch or tear will heal painlessly or with minimal discomfort. However, due to many possible causes, e....

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