Tendons are tough bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Repetitive activities and overuse can cause injury and lead to inflammation, pain, and impaired function. Tendonitis can affect many different tendons in the body. If it is experienced around the elbow it is termed Epicondylitis, depending where on the elbow it is located. It is commonly termed Tennis Elbow (outer tendons) or Golfer’s Elbow (inner tendons). A person may feel localized elbow pain that radiates into the upper arm or down to the forearm; they may also experience weakness of the forearm. Symptoms may occur suddenly or can develop gradually over time.
Tennis Elbow readily resolves with osteopathic treatment. Sometimes it can be highly effective in only a couple of treatments. Prevention should involve warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after any sporting activity.