Epicondylitis is more popularly known as Tennis elbow. As the name suggests this condition mostly afflicts sportsmen who use a lot of their elbows and arms like tennis, squash and weightlifting. Basically all activities that can create pressure on the elbow joints are risk factors for tennis elbow. People who have jobs involving lifting weights, typing, carpentry etc are at an increased risk of developing this condition. This condition is caused by degeneration of tendons that connect the forearm and elbow.
Treatment of tennis elbow includes providing adequate rest to the elbow, taking anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medication. This article discusses various symptoms of this disorder and specifically some symptoms that distinguish tennis elbow from other common joint related diseases.
Symptoms Of Epicondylitis
Tennis elbow is a painful condition in which the pain radiates from the outer elbow and spreads towards the upper and lower arms. The pain is especially acute while lifting objects even if they are small and light but require use or movement of elbow.
This condition develops in the most used arm which means if you are right handed then there are 90% chances that this condition will occur in your right hand. In some cases the pain can affect the shoulders and neck area as well but would always emanate from the outer elbow.
Epicondylitis has a very distinguishing feature whereby the pain increases through the day and is at peak in the evening and night. Many people suffering from tennis elbow have difficulty in sleeping as the pain is high in the night and therefore are prescribed pain killers to be taken in the night before sleeping. It is advised to take natural sedatives and pain suppressants if you suffer from this condition frequently. Also it is difficult to position your arm so that there is minimum exertion on the elbow.
Weakness In The Arms
Tennis elbow brings in a lot of weakness in the arms which you will find while lifting, shaking hands, picking up light articles and even while turning the door knobs.
Simple and daily tasks become difficult when this condition is severe. All tasks that require putting weight on the elbow are best avoided as it can further damage and worsen your condition.
Temporary Loss Of Functionality
Tennis elbow can cause temporary loss of partial functionality of the elbow. Apart from lifting and inability in doing your daily tasks, twisting and turning of elbow may cause a lot of pain in the arm. The difficulty in movement might range from complete immobility of the elbow to partial immobility.
Like with other joint related disorders and injuries, people suffer from stiffness in arms and elbow in this condition as well. The stiffness is worse in the morning or after a significantly long time of inactivity. This is why folding arms at elbow while sleeping should be discouraged while suffering from tennis elbow.
It should be noted that this condition usually does not have the symptom of swelling or tenderness which is the case with most of the other joint related maladies.