These conditions cause pain at the points at which the tendon attaches to the bone around the elbow. Tennis elbow causes pain on the outer side of the elbow, where the extensor muscles on the outer side of the forearm are attached.
These muscles bend the wrist back and straighten the fingers. Golfer’s elbow is much less common and causes pain on the inner side of the elbow, at the attachment of the flexor muscles which bend the wrist forwards and flex the fingers.
Both conditions were first described in sportsmen but most sufferers develop them as a result of everyday activities, such as repeated heavy lifting, pushing and pulling. Sometimes a single episode of awkward lifting, such as lifting a heavy case down from an overhead locker, may be the trigger. The lifting need not be heavy: office workers who repeatedly pull files out of tight, over-stuffed cabinets are also at risk.
Treatment to Elbow Pain
Anti-inflammatory injection into the painful area is usually helpful. Physiotherapy may also be beneficial.
But most important is to work out what caused the problem in the first place and avoid the activity in the future, otherwise the symptoms may recur and can become chronic.