Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis means inflammation of the tendons joining the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. Symptoms associated are tenderness on the outer part of the elbow. The ache turns into chronic pain over time. The elbow may become too painful to touch, and the grip also becomes painful. Golfer's elbow or medial epicondylitis is the inflammation of tendons on the inside of the elbow. Stiffness of elbow and weakness of hands and wrists are primary symptoms of Golfer's elbow. People with activities requiring the repetitive and vigorous use of the forearm muscle are at higher risk. Elderly people (over 40 years) more commonly develop these disorders
Medications, rest physical therapy and laser therapy help in managing these conditions. Using a brace centred over the back of your forearm may also help relieve symptoms. Wrist braces and splints improve hand function and reduce strain. Applying ice pack or cold gel pack for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, several times a day also provides pain relief
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