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TENNIS ELBOW (LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS)

Definition:
Tennis elbow is the common name for the inflammation or injury of elbow tendons, which are tough bands of tissue that connect muscle to the bone.  Despite its name, this condition is not limited to tennis players. Any occupational or recreational activity that involves repetitive elbow use (weight lifting, hammering, etc.) can lead to lateral epicondylitis.

Symptoms:
· Pain in the elbow that spreads into the upper arm or down the forearm
· Weakness and difficult time with activities that require arm strength
· Pain can be sudden or develop gradually over time
· Usually affects the dominant arm (e.g. right arm in people who are right-handed)

Diagnosis:
The diagnosis is usually based on symptom description and physical exam. It should be differentiated from medial epicondylitis, which affects the inner part of the elbow (also known as “Golfer’s Elbow”).

Therapy:
· Over the counter NSAID medications such as Advil or Motrin usually provide pain relief and may help to decrease the inflammation.
· Elbow bracing: a specially designed brace helps to reduce pressure on the injured tendon in the elbow. It can be used while working or playing sports. You may need to wear the brace for up to six weeks.
· Elbow exercises can help to improve your arm’s strength and ability to move.

Outcome:
Most people with improve with the conservative therapy outlined above. You may have some pain during work or sports for up to 6-12 weeks.
If your pain is very severe or persists for longer than expected, a steroid injection into the painful tendon might help to relieve the pain. However, the injections should only be used sparingly and only in addition and not in place of the elbow
rest, otherwise they can make the problem more likely to reoccur.
Surgery is usually not needed unless symptoms have not improved after six or more months of treatment.

Prevention:
· Reduce or avoid lifting objects with the arm extended
· Reduce repetitive gripping and grasping
· Work or weight-train with the elbow in a partially bent position. Use wrist supports when weight-training.
· Wear gloves when using tools repetitively to increase griping surface
· Use a two-handed backhand in tennis. When hitting a tennis stroke, use your entire lower body and focus on the proper     technique. It may also be beneficial to find the largest grip that is comfortable and to use softer strings.

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BORT Stabilo® Epicondylitis Strap with Ulnar Relief | Epicondylitis | chronic or recurrent epicondylopathy | tendopathies | overstraining | tennis elbow | golf elbow |
BORT Stabilo® Epicondylitis Strap with Ulnar Relief
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The Bort Stabilo Epicondylitis Strap with Ulnar Relief is uniquely designed to relieve the ulnar & and or the radial epicondyle. Easy to wear and padded for comfort.

BORT EpiContur® | with 2 Pads | Epicondylitis | chronic or recurrent epicondylopathy | tendopathies | overstraining | tennis elbow | golf elbow |
BORT EpiContur® with 2 Pads
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The BORT EpiContur® with 2 Pads is a brace designed with a soft epicondylitis strap to relieve the muscle origins at the ulnar and / or radial epicondyle. This brace comfortably allows you to adjust the pressure. Perfect for individuals experiencing tennis or golf elbow.
BORT EpiBasic® | Elbow | Chronic | post-traumatic or post-operative irritations | elbow join | Epicondylitis (acute and chronic) | tendomyopathy |
BORT EpiBasic®
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The Bort EpiBasic elbow compression support is ideal and comfortable to wear if you are experiencing acute or chronic elbow joint irritation, the brace includes two structured silicone pads that provide intermittent massage.

BORT Select EpiPlus®| Elbow | Chronic | post-traumatic or post-operative irritations | elbow join | Epicondylitis (acute and chronic) | tendomyopathy | A9270 |
BORT Select EpiPlus®
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The Bort EpiPlus elbow is a high quality elbow brace with an additional Stabilo®-strap, the brace includes two structured silicone pads that provide intermittent massage. The material and structure of the brace combined offers complete comfort to each individual.