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Lateral Epicondylalgia

Tennis players are not the only people who can suffer from lateral epicondylalgia, or "tennis elbow". Anyone who uses their arms and the elbows in particular, is susceptible to developing lateral elbow pain affecting the extensor tendon, which is the tendon responsible for bending and extending the elbow. Athletes, manual workers, servers, people who play certain instruments for a living and avid swimmers may experience tennis elbow at some point in their active lives.

Causes of Tennis Elbow
Overexertion and excessive strain
Trauma, such as direct blows, sudden forceful pulling or extension of the tendon
Rotator cuff calcification or carpal tunnel syndrome may contribute to the risk of developing tennis elbow

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Pain tends to radiate from outside of the elbow to the wrist and forearm
Weakness and sharp pain often creates problems when turning doorknobs or holding a glass
Extending the elbow or straightening the wrist may worsen the pain
Tennis elbow usually occurs to the arm you use the most
Pain may increase at night, resulting in extreme stiffness in the morning
Because people suffering from tennis elbow will favor the elbow, other parts of the body may become sore due to unusually excessive use

Diagnosing Tennis Elbow
Doctors diagnose tennis elbow by palpating the inflamed area and having the patient move the fingers, wrist and elbow of the arm affected by the condition. If the doctor suspects something else may be causing the pain, he may take x-rays to determine whether the elbow is fractured or suffering from arthritis. Magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasonography are other options employed in properly diagnosing a case of tennis elbow. MRI screenings are also capable of detecting the presence of swelling and excess fluid between the extensor tendon and forearm bone.

Treating Tennis Elbow
The quicker symptoms are treated, the more effective treatment will be in relieving pain. Allow the tendon to heal changing activity patterns or placing the arm in a sling so you don't forget about keeping the arm as still as possible. Place ice packs on the elbow several times each day for about 10 minutes or soak the elbow in warm water if this relieves pain better than cold packs. NSAIDs, aspirin and naproxen tablets will also provide temporary pain relief.

While you are waiting for tendons to heal and strengthen, you can avoid the side effects of traditional pain relief medications like ibuprofen or irritating analgesic skin creams by applying Ateevia Botanical cream directly on the painful area. Ateevia products contain natural botanicals proven to ease pain through anti-inflammatory ingredients such as antioxidants, flavenoids and linoleic/oleic acids. These substances effectively inhibit molecular activity responsible for tendon and joint inflammation that provides rapid and powerful pain relief for tennis elbow.

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