Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are a common variety of chronic pain. You may be surprised to find out that playing these sports usually isn’t the cause.
Learn the causes, symptoms and treatments for these chronic elbow pain conditions.
What are Tennis Elbow & Golfer’s Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is the more common of the two, however, they are both very similar in nature. Overuse of the arm and hand causes tendons in the arm to be sore and painful. This overuse is usually caused by gripping or twisting motions performed again and again. Most people who get tennis or golfer’s elbow are in construction work, carpentry, and even using a computer. The typical age for this chronic pain to set in is around 40 or 50.
Symptoms & Treatments
Most people experience pain on the elbow – The outside if it’s tennis elbow, and the inside if it’s golfer’s elbow. The degree of pain and soreness can range quite a bit. It may also be experienced when grasping something.
The best way to help is to stop whatever repetitive tasks are causing the pain. Then, the pain will take between six months to a couple years to go away. The bad news is it can return.
Most people will not require surgery to treat the pain. In some cases a very minor surgery is needed with little recovery – Mostly involving some physical therapy.
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