Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful inflammatory condition that affects the outer side of the elbow. It can caused by many different factors – not just tennis! It is common in patients who perform repetitive activities with their elbow at work or in other forms of recreation. The pain can range from annoying to crippling. This condition usually responds well to anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy exercises, and special braces. Occasionally, a corticosteroid injection into the area may be required to calm down the inflammation. In rare and resistant cases, surgery may be needed.
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