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Tennis Elbow

Symptoms: pain would concentrate on outer side of elbow and would be aggravated by elbow and wrist exertion. Numbness and muscle atrophy would be resulted for severe and chronic cases. Minor daily living activities, e.g. opening door lock, heavy lifting, etc., would be greatly affected due to pain or decreased joint range of motion.

Consequence: If osteophytes irritate nearby nerve roots, blood vessels or other soft tissues, pain, numbness and muscle atrophy would be resulted.

Cause: prolonged and repetitive wrist and elbow movements would cause inflammation of tendons around the elbow joint.

Tennis elbow introduction: Tennis elbow refers to tendinitis over lateral epicondyle of elbow joint. Treatment effects depends on the stage of pathology development. Generally, the earlier the treatments start, the more obvious the prognosis would be.

Medication: pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs would help low grade signs and symptoms.

Physiotherapy: for acute tennis elbow, cryotherapy helps reduce inflammatory responses; heat treatment, short wave diathermy, ultrasound and interferential therapy would be used to promote blood circulation for chronic cases.

TENS: domestic use for symptomatic relief.

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