Medial Epicondylitis

It is a painful elbow condition occurring on the inside of the elbow around the bony structures. The muscles that extend the wrist backwards attach onto the arm bones at this point. With overuse of their tendons, muscle-tendon junctions or muscle bellies they can become inflamed.

What do I look for?

  • Pain, usually gradual in its onset, on the inner side of the elbow either with activity or to touch
  • Pain when grasping an object
  • Pain with repetitive actions such as washing the dishes or cleaning a surface
  • Usually on your dominant arm
  • Pain may subside after a day or two, but increase again after the aggravating activity
  • Pain may be constant and interrupt sleep

What causes it?

  • Repetitive hand movements such as using scissors, gardening, weeding, throwing objects, repetitive lifting or manual occupations such as plumbing and brick laying
  • Weakness and inflexibility in the muscles of the forearm.

When do you see someone for help? Your LifeCare Practitioner will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate management plan. Often this problem can require a Sports Medicine Doctor, Physiotherapist, and/or Podiatrist to assist.

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