Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in the elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. It is an overuse and muscle strain injury.
Tennis elbow manifests as a painful inflammation of the elbow joint caused by repetitive stress (overuse). The pain is located on the outside (lateral side) of the elbow, but may radiate down the back of your forearm.
Athletes aren't the only people who develop tennis elbow. People whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers.
The pain associated with tennis elbow may radiate from the outside of your elbow into your forearm and wrist. Pain and weakness may make it difficult to:
1. Shake hands or grip an object
2. Turn a doorknob
3. Hold a coffee cup
Repetitive stress weakens the ECRB (Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis muscle). These tears lead to inflammation and pain. The repeated motions and stress to the tissue may result in a series of tiny tears in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the bony prominence at the outside of your elbow.
Tennis elbow can be triggered by any activity that involves repetitive twisting of the wrist. Other common arm motions can cause tennis elbow include:
1. Using plumbing tools
3. Driving screws
4. Cutting up cooking ingredients, particularly meat
5. Repetitive computer mouse use
Factors that may increase your risk of tennis elbow include:
Age:While tennis elbow affects people of all ages, it's most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.
Occupation:People who have jobs that involve repetitive motions of the wrist and arm are more likely to develop tennis elbow. Examples include plumbers, painters, carpenters, butchers and cooks.
Certain sports:Participating in racket sports increases your risk of tennis elbow, especially if you employ poor stroke technique.
Arth Ayurveda Treatment
1. Application of medicated oils to the area, with mild massage
2.Pichu(bandage with the medicated oils)
3.Podikkizhi(Herbal powder massage)
4.Elakizhi(Massage with Herbal leaves)
5.Thaila Dhara(Pouring of medicated oils) is advocated.
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