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Tennis elbow is a painful condition. It occurs when the tendons in the elbow are overloaded. This happens mostly by continuous/repetitive motions of the arm and wrist. This inflammatory condition may occur to anyone who put more strain on the tendons of the forearms and it does not stop only with tennis players. People like painters, butchers, plumbers, and carpenters do repetitive rotations during their work. That’s why they have more chances to expose to tennis elbow.
Causes of Tennis elbow:
Tendinitis: Tendons that attach muscles to the bones are overused and cause inflammation.
sprains and strains: Stretching and/or tearing of ligaments that connect two bones leads to sprain whereas stretching or tearing of a tendon or muscle leads to strain.
Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae which is a fluid-filled sac. It supports as a cushion to the elbow bones.
Signs and symptoms of Tennis elbow
Tennis elbow treatments:
Resting is the foremost treatment for tennis elbow. By stopping all activities that induce pain and using RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) treatment helps in reducing pain and swelling. Doing certain exercises with the guidance of a physiotherapist, ice fomentation, taking analgesic drug may reduce the pain. Surgical intervention is the final procedure for tennis elbow in severe cases.
Tennis elbow surgery is done by Elbow arthroscopy. This is performed under general anesthesia. Few small incisions are made on the operating site. An arthroscope contains a small telescope is inserted through the incision into the elbow joint. The Arthroscope is used to find out the location of the spur, loose bodies and helps to remove them. The bone spur is removed by using a burr by visualizing through the arthroscope. This procedure takes about 30 to 90 minutes and is done as an outpatient procedure.
Dr. Thadi Mohan is a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon who offers the best treatments and performs surgeries in Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Ernakulam. He is a well-known professional for giving tennis elbow treatment in Kerala.
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