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Treatment for Epicondylitis or
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Treatment for Epicondylitis or Tennis Elbow Panama

Treatment for Epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylalgia often improves with rest when it is mild; however, when the patient experiences a microtear of the tendon, a professional diagnosis should be made in order to determine the type of treatment to be employed.

The treatment options for epicondylitis are varied, with a predominant multidisciplinary medical approach in most cases, where orthopedists, physiotherapists, and surgeons work together to ensure the best possible outcome.

What is tennis elbow?

Epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is a painful joint injury that mainly affects the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to the radius. The condition occurs when individuals subject their limb to repetitive movements, causing overload on the muscular and tendinous structures of the elbow.

WHAT DOES TREATMENT FOR LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS INVOLVE?

Approximately 90% of patients with tennis elbow have successful recovery with non-surgical treatments. Below are the most commonly used methods to treat epicondylitis:

Rest: Since the injury is caused by muscular overload, resting the arm and avoiding activities that cause pain is crucial during the initial weeks.

Medication for epicondylitis: Analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most recommended for relieving symptoms.

En Que Consiste El Tratamiento Para La Epicondilitis Lateral

Splint: Placing a splint on the forearm is very helpful to allow the muscles and tendons of the affected arm to rest, which also helps reduce pain.

Steroid injections: Steroid injections in the areas near the lateral epicondyle have proven to be a very effective option for reducing inflammation.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP): PRP injections promote tissue regeneration when applied directly to the injured area.

Shockwave therapy: The goal of this therapy is to stimulate the body's natural healing process by delivering controlled sound waves to the elbow.

Surgery: When tendon tears continue to progress, becoming increasingly painful and recurrent, the specialist may suggest surgery. It is worth noting that surgery is considered the last resort after all available therapeutic treatments have been exhausted.

PHYSIOTHERAPY TREATMENT FOR EPICONDYLITIS

Physiotherapy for epicondylitis can yield favorable results, provided that the techniques are performed by a professional physiotherapist.

The physiotherapist will assess the injury and establish the most appropriate routine for the patient. Generally, this involves comprehensive techniques and exercises focused on the elbow, as well as the arm and forearm.

Sintomas De La Epicondilitis Del Codo

SYMPTOMS OF EPICONDYLITIS OF THE ELBOW

The most obvious symptom of tennis elbow is pain, which can radiate from the elbow to other areas of the affected limb, such as the forearm and wrist. In some cases, slight muscle weakness may also be experienced.

The sensation of pain and loss of strength limit the daily life of patients with lateral epicondylitis, making simple tasks such as holding an object, shaking hands, or opening a door by turning the knob difficult.

MEDICATION FOR EPICONDYLITIS

Medication with analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs is the first step in relieving symptoms associated with tennis elbow. Although many medications for epicondylitis are available over-the-counter, it is advisable to follow the instructions of a physician regarding the duration and regularity of intake.

Frequently asked questions - Treatment for epicondylitis

In this segment, we clarify all the doubts surrounding the subject…

After starting the non-surgical treatment guidelines recommended by the specialist, it is estimated that the patient will completely overcome the condition in 6 months or less.

If the problem persists for more than one year after all conservative treatments have been tried, surgery may be considered as a final option.

Epicondylitis should go away on its own within a few weeks, after the patient has adopted a routine of basic care, rest and medication. If after this time the patient does not see the pain subside, it will be necessary to go to the doctor for a physical examination to obtain a concrete diagnosis of the injury and an appropriate plan of action.

Despite its name, tennis elbow is not an exclusively sports-related injury; it can also occur in non-athletes who perform routine manual labor or other activities that require constant joint movements.

In addition to athletes dedicated to tennis, paddle tennis, volleyball, among others; some of the professionals more prone to suffer from lateral epicondylitis are:

  • Painters.
  • Carpenters.
  • Construction workers.
  • Butchers.
  • Mechanics.
  • Plumbers.
  • Installers of air conditioners, heating systems, etc.
  • Cleaning personnel.

Mainly, repeated movements with the wrist and hyperextension of the elbow should be avoided. It is also very important to take care of the way in which you perform your daily activities, making sure to use a proper technique that does not generate counterproductive impacts on the recovered area.

  • Preheat the muscles of your upper limbs with short, gentle massages.
  • Warm up well before starting physical activity.
  • Stretch your muscles at the end of the exercises.
  • If you feel discomfort at the end of the activity, apply ice to the painful area to prevent the development of an inflammatory process.

As a specialized orthopedist, I hope to be your first choice when you require epicondylitis or tennis elbow Panama treatment.

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