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Dr. Jose Guevara
Elbows can get injured through repetitive actions. Tennis elbow is a term used for lateral epicondylitis, which is an injury to the tendons and muscles located on the outside part of the elbow. It is called tennis elbow because it is common problem among tennis players but it can happen to anyone who uses their arm in a repetitive movement. It can cause inflammation, pain, or soreness on the lateral side of a person’s upper arm near the elbow.
What are the Symptoms? • • • • Pain on the outside of the elbow that worsens gradually and radiates to the forearm. Weakness and difficulty grasping, squeezing, shaking hands Stiffness Restricted range of motion
What are the Risk Factors? More men are affected by this condition than women. People with jobs that require repetitive movement of their arms, elbows, and wrists are more likely to suffer from tennis elbow. Such jobs include carpentry, mechanics, gardeners, golfers, baseball players, bowlers, and landscapers to name a few? Tests and Diagnosis? This condition can be easily diagnosed through physical examination and palpation. Asking the person what they were doing when it first started (mechanism of injury) hurting also helps. When the doctor presses the tendon on the outside of the elbow, it usually produces pain. There are also various orthopedic tests which confirm the diagnosis.
For more information contact Dr. Guevara at Facebook.com/AtlantaChiropractor. In the Atlanta area he can be reached at (678) 223 – 3900.