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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 Golfers 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 arms 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 string

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Med Spec EpiStrap Tennis Elbow Strap
Med Spec EpiStrap Tennis Elbow Strap
Our Price: $8.00

The Med Spec EpiStrap Tennis Elbow Strap uses a patented strap retention system which allows for easy application and the universal design fits the right or left arm.
Med Spec EpiFoam Tennis Elbow Strap
Med Spec EpiFoam Tennis Elbow Strap
Our Price: $11.00

The Med Spec EpiFoam Tennis Elbow Strap is a great choice for treatment of tennis elbow or golfer's elbow. Can be worn on either the left or the right arm!
Ossur Premium Tennis Elbow Support
Ossur Premium Tennis Elbow Support
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For everyday use during work and athletic activites.
Universal Forearm Support/Forearm Strap
Donjoy Universal Forearm Support/Forearm Strap
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Applications for the Universal Forearm Support and Forearm Strap include: medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow) and lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow).
New Options E6 Tennis Elbow Strap w/ Gel Pad
New Options E6 Tennis Elbow Strap w/ Gel Pad
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  The New Options E6 Tennis Elbow Strap with Gel Pad provides compression for the relief of tennis elbow and other strains in the forearm.
Med Spec Epigel Tennis Elbow Strap
Med Spec Epigel Tennis Elbow Strap
Our Price: $26.00

The Med Spec Epigel Tennis Elbow Strap is a great choice for treatment of tennis elbow or golfer's elbow. Can be worn on either the left or the right arm!
Ossur Form Fit® Tennis Elbow
Ossur Form Fit Tennis Elbow Support Band
Our Price: $29.70

Ergonomic curve design and undulating twin cushion reduce traction and vibration transmitted to the tendons and provide counterforce reducing traction on the tendons.
Bio Skin® Tennis Elbow Skin™
Bio Skin Tennis Elbow Skin
Our Price: $29.95

Constructed from Bio Skins thin, breathable, Ultima material, the Tennis Elbow Skin provides compression above and below the joint and includes a silicon pad and an elastic strap that may be positioned to provide extra compression and pain relief.

Bio Skin® Tennis Elbow Band
Bio Skin Tennis Elbow Band
Our Price: $37.95

Constructed from Bio Skins patented thin, breathable, Ultima material, The Tennis Elbow Band fits comfortably below the crease of the elbow and includes a silicon pad and an elastic strap that may be positioned to provide extra compression and pain relief.
Corflex Cryo Pneumatic Elbow Wrap with 1 Gel Pack
Corflex Cryo Pneumatic Elbow Wrap with 1 Gel Pack
Our Price: $46.50

The Cryo Pneumatic Elbow Wrap is an anatomical elbow wrap designed to combine the benefits of pneumatic compression with cold therapy; features pump bulb that detaches once desired compression is achieved.
   
 
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