Tennis Elbow? Golf Elbow? Vacuuming Elbow?
Call it what you will, but these are common terms for a condition caused by overuse of arm, forearm, and hand muscles that results in elbow pain. It involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside bony area (called the lateral epicondyle) of the elbow.
Elbow pain is the most prevalent repetitive strain injury where the primary symptoms are tenderness and pain caused by either abrupt or subtle injury of the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow.
The goals of treatment are to reduce pain or inflammation, promote healing and decrease stress and abuse of the injured elbow, and allow full use of the arm. The good news is that ice, over-the-counter pain relievers and rest will often times be sufficient. However for individuals that have a job, hobby or sport that puts continued stress on the elbow, treatments that accelerate recovery and strengthen the tendons may be required.
Treatment options include regenerative medicine procedures such as PRP-Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or prolotherapy to speed up and assist in the healing process.
Specialized physical therapy, possibly using dry needling, and home therapy exercises are also needed to accelerate the healing process. Using these treatments, elbow pain can, in the majority of cases be resolved without medications or surgery.