The elbow has several major tendons that attach near it. These elbow tendons include the: common extensor tendon, common flexor tendon, biceps tendon.
Tendinitis of the elbow is typically associated with the first two. Tendonitis of the common extensor tendon is known as Tennis Elbow. Tendinitis of the common flexor tendon is known as Golfer’s Elbow.
Tendons are bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon. It can cause pain in the tendon or the surrounding area and may limit daily activity. Tendonitis may involve tiny tears in the tendon.
Elbow tendonitis may be caused by: repetitive movement, heavy lifting, squeezing and twisting movements, computer use, gardening, painting, tennis, golf.
Symptoms of this condition include feeling pain and tenderness on the bony part of the outside of the elbow. Even though the injury is to the elbow, pain can be aggravated by doing things with your hands. This is because you use your tendons when using your hands, which causes pain to radiate up into your elbow.
Tennis Elbow is on the outside of the elbow, and Golfer’s Elbow is on the inside part of the elbow.
A backhand in tennis requires a stable wrist. Over time, this places stress through the tendons in the back of the wrist. This may lead to tendonitis at the elbow or tendinitis of the wrist. However, tennis is not usually the main cause of Tennis Elbow. So, what can you do for tennis elbow? The quick answer to that is that it depends. You can find some home treatments in the section below.
Swinging a golf club can put stress on the inside of the elbow and lead to Golfer’s elbow. This is rarely the cause, though.
Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are both types of tendonitis. They can be caused by repetitive stress or vibration.