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Differential Diagnosis Of Tennis Elbow
Had a diagnosis of tennis elbow in my right arm while working on my computer. A week later my left arm became affected. 6 weeks with OT and physio and now im told they don't know what I have. My fingers now tingling and wrist/forearm pain too. Help!
Nerve or muscle.: By your description of symptoms, you may have something related to the muscles of the forearm or the nerves going down to the forearm. If it's a nerve issue, it could originate at the elbows or from the fingertips, traveling backwards. Regardless, it seems that you need some blood testing and perhaps an MRI of the elbows. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for tennis elbow? He used to exercise, recently started again w/ weights and was diagnosis w/ this. Has already used cold/rest.
Is it: tennis elbow/pinched nerve/elbow necrosis/damaged cartilage? What kind of scans/tests can show diagnosis 100% for unbearable elbow pain.
The hammer exercise: An exercise that is effective in strengthening tennis elbow is the "hammer" exercise. With your elbow bent at 90 degrees and forearm parallel to the floor, hold in your hand the end of the handle of a hammer (or tennis racket). Rotate your forearm and wrist so that the hammer head forms an arc from left to right and back again. Do this several times a day to strengthen the brachioradialis muscle. ...Read more
If you have been diagnosed by a competent doc., then you should know that it might take while before it go away.
Elbow band is otc and helps to promote healing, some anti inflammatory such as Ibuprofen also might help.
Some occassion you may need cortison shot at the site. ...Read more
Bracing: For tennis elbow, try wrapping your arm and elbow with a pillow or blanket at night to create padding protection and a make-shift brace to limit elbow flexion while you sleep. Keeping the arm semi-straight, padded, and to your side at night allows the tendons involved to start the healing process. ...Read more
Yes: Tennis elbow is usually a self limiting condition but it can persist for many months (sometimes greater than a year) for those with severe symptoms, treatment can be helpful and may include: anti-inflammatory medication, physical or occupational therapy, braces, prp injections or even surgery. ...Read more
Potentially: Yes potentially. The technical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis, which is usually started by an inflammatory condition or tear at the site of orgin of the extensors of the wrist onto the elbow. This can be associated with spasms on the dorsum of the forearm. Don't hesitate to be seen if you are having problems. ...Read more
Start with RICE:
Lateral epicondylitis (aka "tennis elbow") is a common overuse injury to the elbow. In order to treat the pain, I recommend you start with rice, follow with stretching/ strengthening (therapy), & consider couterforce bracing. If these treatments fail you may be a candidate for cortisone or prp injections. Some people end up needing surgery...
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Yes: This problem could come back again they call this as recurrence. ...Read more
Yes: Tennis elbow is considered a overuse injury. That means that the rate of tissue injury exceeds the body's ability to heal it. The tissue breakdown is cumulative, resulting in chronic pain. Patients typically complain olateral elbow pain, worse with grasping with palm facing down. Depending on what you do in the marching band, you probably could get it from this activity. ...Read more
Rest: Tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, begins at the site of origin of many of the muscles that are involved in wrist extension. In mild cases, rest alone can lead to resolution of the symptoms. If it does not improve, bracing, therapy, or a cortisone shot can often take care of it. Rarely, surgery can be done if particularly severe. ...Read more
Cold: For lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) cold wraps are more effective when they are hurting as they vasoconstrict the blood vessels to the area and thus decrease swelling. Heat may feel better temporarily but the vasodilation (increased blood flow) that it allows sometimes causes more swelling, then more pain...Good luck! ...Read more
Rest & ice are best: Tennis elbow is inflammation of the tendons in the elbow or tendonitis. This usually improves with rest and ice. Once the condition settles down, doing exercises to strengthen the forearm will help decrease the strain on the tendons and help prevent the condition from recurring. ...Read more
Yes: Lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow can be aggravated by any activity that places the wrist in extension. Depending on the severity of the condition, one may be able to continue to do pushups. There is great variability in the severity of the condition and the activities that aggravate it. ...Read more
Yes, if not painful: Usually the result of repetitive stresses. I would position your hands in a postion that does not produce pain. You can also stretch those mucles by holding the arm straight out in front of you you and use the other than to gently bend the wrist down toward the floor to feel the stretch across the top fo the forearm mucles, hold for 30 seconds and repeat x3. Consider a brace with activity. ...Read more
Multimodal approach: Tennis elbow responds to rest, ice massage, stretching and eccentric strengthening, nsaid's (eg ibuprfen, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc), and injections. A counterforce brace can be worn as well. The easiest way to do eccentric stretching is with physical therapy. The easiest way to do it without going to pt is with a product called flexbar. I have no ownership in it. If all else fails, surgery. ...Read more