Let’s take a look at tennis elbow / golfers’ elbow.
Epicondylitis is the name given to inflammation of the tendons, and where they join to the bones at the epicondyles (the bumps either side of the humerus), at the elbow. These are named by which epicondyle is effected, lateral (AKA tennis elbow) or medial (AKA golfers’ elbow). Damage is caused by contractual overloads which create microtearing and tendinous degeneration, instead of repair. Almost any repetitive / habitual one-sided movement can be the cause, whether a sport, or an occupation or hobby.
Epicondylitis often develops over a long period of time, and its symptoms can also appear gradually. It is also common for symptoms to wax and wane over time, with flare-ups occurring during periods of increased activity. While its common symptoms are a gradual buildup of pain and stiffness, it is also possible for symptoms to be non-specific, with the only indications of the condition showing up as a drop in athletic or work performance. Common symptoms would include pain, stiffness, or a burning sensation that gradually worsens over time; typically in or just below the elbow of the dominant arm; which can often radiate further down the arm to the wrist or hand. The most useful interventions for these conditions are ice massage, which can be done at home, or the use of specific splints, or taping strategies, which can also be done at home. I would not recommend treatment from a therapist until your condition has failed to respond to the above.
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