Tennis Elbow / Lateral Epicondylosis & Golfers Elbow / Medial Epicondylosis
Pain and swelling over the lateral bony aspect of the elbow is a common condition and often called tennis elbow as it is a condition exacerbated by racket sports. Golfer’s elbow is less common and is the same issue on the medial aspect of the elbow. However many people get this condition regardless of their activity levels. The problem arises when the tendon insertion into the bone fails to heal properly and subsequently becomes very painful.
Early management involves rest, ice and painkillers but despite this symptoms usually deteriorate. Physical therapy is the first line of treatment and should include an eccentric loading program. Further management includes extracorporeal shockwave therapy, injections such as cortisone, autologous blood or PRP and as a last resort surgery.