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Elbow Tendonitis

What is Elbow Tendonitis?

Elbow tendonitis is the inflammation or irritation of the common flexor and common extensor tendons present in the elbow. These groups of tendons assist in rotational movement of the forearm as well as the movements of the wrist and hand.

Symptoms of Elbow Tendonitis

Common symptoms of Elbow tendonitis include:

  • Pain that worsens with movement.
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Reduced range of motion

Diagnosis of Elbow Tendonitis

Your doctor will diagnose Elbow tendonitis by discussing your symptoms, performing a physical examination, and ordering diagnostic tests such as an X-ray to evaluate the Elbow tendon.

Treatment of Elbow Tendonitis

For mild Elbow tendonitis, your doctor may suggest conservative treatments such as:

  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation)
  • Pain medication
  • Bracing
  • Physical Therapy

In case of severe Elbow tendonitis or if your symptoms do not improve with non-surgical treatment, surgery may be recommended to debride and repair the injured tendon.