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What is Lateral Epicondylitis?

Description of the condition

Lateral epicondylitis, also known as elbow epicondylitis or tennis elbow, is a condition in which there is inflammation and pain in the area of the elbow joint. This condition most commonly occurs in people who engage in sports involving active use of the hand and forearm, but can also occur in individuals who engage in everyday activities.


  • Acute form
  • Chronic form


Symptoms of lateral epicondylitis include pain and discomfort in the area of the elbow joint, weakened grip strength, pain when bending and straightening the arm, as well as pain when lifting, carrying, or using objects.


The most common cause of lateral epicondylitis is overuse and microtrauma of the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to the elbow joint. This can occur as a result of repetitive movements or improper training techniques.


Diagnosis of lateral epicondylitis includes examination by an orthopedic doctor, as well as X-rays and MRI to rule out other causes of elbow pain.


Treatment of lateral epicondylitis may include wearing special braces, physiotherapy, massage, medication, and in some cases, surgical intervention.


To prevent lateral epicondylitis, it is recommended to regulate the load on the hand and forearm, choose the right equipment for sports, perform exercises to strengthen the muscles, and pay attention to the correct training technique.


Treatment of lateral epicondylitis is carried out by an orthopedic doctor.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.