Chronic elbow pain is a common condition affecting 15% of the population at any one time. Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is the most common form of elbow pain and the most common reason patients with elbow pain come to a physician's office. It is usually an overuse injury. Elbow injuries in sports with overhead or repetitive arm actions are frequent and often severe.
True tennis elbow means there is inflammation and pain in a small, dime-sized region on the side of the elbow, at the insertion of the tendon of the forearm extensor tendons.Sometimes this pain is confused with elbow annular ligament sprains.
Diagnosis Tennis Elbow
- Tennis elbow is diagnosed when we observe weakness and pain with wrist extension and tenderness at the elbow where the extensor tendons attach.
- Annular ligament sprain is diagnosed when we palpate this ligament in the elbow and elicit a positive "jump sign."
- Prolotherapy and/or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can be effective non-surgical alternative treatments for elbow pain because it stimulates repair and regeneration of the elbow joint attachments.