How do I know if I have Tennis Elbow?

shutterstock_4138177

Content provided by www.HealthBytesNYC.com

What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is a commonly used term to describe lateral epicondylitis. Lateral epicondylitis is inflammation of the tendons on the lateral (side) aspect of the elbow. Over time, slowly healing micro tears occur that can lead to break down of the tendon. Through repetitive stress or overuse, the extensor tendons become painful at the area where they originate from the bone, which is the lateral epicondyle.

I don’t play tennis, so why do I have lateral elbow pain?
Although lateral epicondylitis has been linked to racquet sports, such as tennis, you do not have to play tennis to be diagnosed with this condition. Any activity requiring repetitive movement of the wrist can cause lateral epicondylitis. Examples of activities where people perform repetitive wrist movements are gardening (using pruning shears), playing sports (throwing/hitting items), or homemaking tasks (chopping vegetables/sweeping floors).

I feel very sharp pain at my elbow, is this typical?
When people have lateral epicondylitis they can often feel intense, sharp pain with active straightening of the elbow, movement of the wrist, lifting objects or palpating the lateral elbow. The pain can radiate along the extensor muscles on the forearm.

How can I prevent tennis elbow?
When playing sports, make sure to use proper technique and appropriately sized equipment. Using racquets that are too heavy can increase the likelihood of developing lateral elbow pain. If pain occurs when lifting items, try to modify the way you lift the items. For example, if lifting grocery bags causes you to have lateral elbow pain, use a cart or a backpack to carry groceries. If pain occurs while performing repetitive activities, change the way you perform the activity. For instance, if cutting vegetables and meats causes you pain, buy precut foods or cut the foods over a longer period of time (take breaks between each item).

If you think you’re suffering from tennis elbow, call 1.866.804.1007 to find a doctor who can help.

Information provided by Stacy Oster, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Senior Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist at Beth Israel Medical Center.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.