The forearm tendons, known as extensors, connect the muscles to the bones.
When these muscles and tendons become damaged and inflamed, the condition
is known as tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis. Most often, the Extensor
Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB) is the tendon that is affected by this condition.
Tennis elbow is a painful condition that also typically involves a weakened
grip strength, which can interfere with your ability to carry out day-to-day
tasks. If you've been diagnosed with tennis elbow, a
physical medicine specialist can help you recover. You may benefit from physical therapy
and other nonsurgical treatments.
Tennis elbow is a strain injury that is caused by overuse of the forearm.
If you frequently perform the same forearm motions over and over again,
the stress exerted on these tissues can cause the development of
very small tears in the tendons. These tears lead to inflammation and pain. The ECRB is most commonly
affected by repeated use because of where it is located. The muscle makes
contact with bony areas as the elbow bends and then straightens, causing
wear and tear damage over time.
People who engage in certain activities may be more likely to seek the
help of a sports medicine specialist because of tennis elbow. As the name
implies, avid tennis players are at a high risk. However, any repeated
motion that involves this area can lead to tennis elbow, including chopping
cooking ingredients, painting, or using plumbing tools.
A person of any age could be diagnosed with tennis elbow. However, you
may be more likely to develop if it you're between the ages of 30
and 50. Additionally, those who play certain sports with poor technique
are at an increased risk, as are those who work as painters, carpenters,
If you suffer from tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, runner's knee, or
other sports-related injuries, you can find the comprehensive physical
medicine solutions you need at
Manhattan Total Health. Residents of NYC can reach our sports medicine facility by calling (888)
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