Elbow Tendinosis: What Is It?

Tendons connect the forearm to the inside and outside aspect of the elbow. Due to low blood supply and constant use, these tendons are at an increased risk of repetitive use injuries. Elbow tendinosis occurs during overuse and tightening of muscles near the wrist and forearms putting excessive strain on the tendons. 

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In lateral epicondyle tendinosis or tennis elbow, the supinator and extensor muscles are the culprits. Upon repetitive supination (turning palm upwards) and extension (lifting the wrist upward), the outside ligaments that attach to the outside elbow degenerate and feel tender and sore. While coined Tennis Elbow, only 5% of people with Tennis Elbow actually play tennis! Any sport or activity that repeatedly causes extension and/or supination puts the patient at risk including typing at a computer in bed or on the sofa with improper posture. Medial epicondyle tendinosis or Golfer’s Elbow is very similar to tennis elbow except with opposite motion mechanics, more so being in flexion and/or pronation (turning palm downward) of the wrist with tenderness at the inside elbow.

As one of the leading Sports Medicine doctors in Los Angeles, Dr. Steven Sampson offers advanced, minimally invasive treatments for elbow tendinosis. Contact us today to get more information or request an appointment.

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