Epicondylitis is a muscoskeletal disorder that causes inflammation of the epicondyle. Epicondyle inflammation can be classified as sports injury which can be chronic or cumulative overuse injury. Epicondylitis develops due to repetitive trauma and stress to a particular part of the body. Chronic injury or inflammation develops due to repetitive motion that causes tiny tears in a muscle, and the injury does not get enough time to heal and the muscles got used again.
Epicondylitis can be divided into two categories- lateral and medical epicondylitis. In later epicondylitis inflammation occurs of the extensor forearm muscle origins, thus causing lateral elbow and upper forearm pain and tenderness. Its origin is lateral epicondyle and is usually caused by repetitive stress at the muscle-tendon junction. In medical epicondyle its origin is at medical epicondyle and causes elbow pain. It causes inflammation of flexor forearm muscles and caused due to repetitive stress at the muscle-tendon junction. Cold therapy can be used to get relieve from pain and inflammation or anti-inflammatory drugs can also be used.
Last date updated on July, 2014