is the common name given to pain originating on the outside or lateral side of the elbow.
This condition arises from an irritation or inflammation of the tendons of one or several forearm muscles at their attachment
to the bony protuberance close to the elbow joint, known as the lateral epicondyle. Therefore the medical term for this condition
is lateral epicondylitis, meaning an inflammation of the epicondyle. If the condition is located on the inside or medial side
of the elbow it is often referred as Golfer's Elbow or medial epicondylitis. However, this is not as prevalent as lateral
There are many causes for Epicondylitis - not just tennis & golf
- as any activity that involves repetitive gripping of objects can result in this affliction. Some individuals develop tennis
or golfer's elbow from prolonged carrying of heavy bags, knitting, chopping food, and/or computer work using improper wrist
and arm posture. With sports, the problem arises when we are new to the game, use an improper technique, try out new racquets
or clubs, or increase the intensity or duration of exercise without the proper preparation.
Sometimes the condition
can be so severe that it is difficult to even grip and lift one's coffee cup!Treatment
Epicondylitis is a condition that rarely resolves on its own accord and may require
treatment. A qualified healthcare professional such as a chiropractor can determine the exact cause of the problem and initiate
the proper care and treatment. This might include modalities such as ultrasound, electrotherapy, massage, hot and cold treatments,
bracing and home stretching and exercises. Chiropractic adjustments have proven extremely effective in the overall management
of this problem.