Elbow Epicondylitis/Epicondylosis (Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow)
Elbow Epicondylitis/Epicondylosis describes acute and chronic inflammation of the muscles of the forearm that attach at the elbow that become inflamed. The inflammation occurs both at the periosteum (connective tissue covering of the bone) as well as the muscles and tendons that insert on the bone. Many times, the biomechanical problem is in the shoulder and/or wrist. Conservative management in most cases will decrease the pain, improve function and prevent reoccurrence
Most golf related elbow injuries occur during ball impact. For right handed golfers, the medial epicondyle of the right elbow is injured and the lateral epicondyle of the left elbow is injured.
Most tennis related elbow injuries also occur during ball impact. For right handed players, the lateral epicondyle of the right elbow is injured.
Blunt force to elbow, Supracondylar fractures, Distal humeral fractures, Elbow dislocations, Callus formation, Surgical exploration at elbow site, Repetitive baseball pitching, Jackhammering, Boxing, Javelin throwing, Golfing and Tennis are examples of trauma that results in elbow injuries.