Tennis elbow / Lateral epicondylitis

Tennis elbow is a condition caused by repetitive movements, over-stretching, vibration, applied pressure, sedentary work or awkward working positions. The repetitive strain on muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves results in the symptoms known as tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is a fairly common condition with a variety of causes. What all of them have in common is that they result in overstraining the same area of the forearm, arm or hand muscles. Symptoms include pain around the outside of the elbow, but the pain can also spread into the upper arm and down the outside of the forearm. Tennis elbow is the result of changes/inflammation in the tendon or tendon attachment in the elbow, and often occurs after short-term and intense overstraining such as hedge trimming or using a screwdriver. But it can also be caused by one-sided movements that are repeated multiple times, such as carpentry, painting or using a computer mouse.
Tennis elbow

How can tennis elbow be treated?

Treatment of tennis elbow is based on relieving pain and mitigating the inflammatory reaction. Therefore, if you’re suffering from tennis elbow, you should try to avoid the activity/movement that caused the pain in the first place. If it’s caused by using a computer mouse, you should see whether you can change the way you use it, or even the mouse itself. You may also need to do different exercises to stretch the affected area, which can help alleviate pain and discomfort.
Tennis elbow

Can tennis elbow be avoided completely?

The risk of developing tennis elbow can be minimised by being aware of the risk factors. If you work in an office with a computer, it’s therefore a good idea to consider how you work. Strained use of the computer mouse may develop after a long day in front of the computer. Therefore, it’s a good idea to learn how to achieve the best working position in front of the computer – before you begin to notice any pain or discomfort.

Note: If you develop symptoms of mouse arm that might be related to your job, you should speak to your employer or health and safety representative (HSR). If you work a lot with a computer, you can investigate the possibility of changing your work assignments or swapping your traditional computer mouse for an ergonomic mouse, as this may contribute to relieving your pain. If your symptoms persist, we advise you to contact your doctor.

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