The large bone of the upper arm, the Humerus, ends in large protrusions known as the medial (inside) and lateral(outside) epicondyles. The muscles of the forearm and hand attach near or on the epicondyles and may be irritated or torn with repeated twisting, lifting or flexion and extension of the wrist (motion up and down). The motion of swinging a racquet and the resistance caused by hitting a ball, can lead to tearing of the muscle attachments at the elbow.
. Epicondylitis can be caused by any activity that requires repeated twisting or flexion and extension of the wrist or by carrying a heavy load with the elbow extended. Activities such as painting or “spring cleaning” may cause the pain associated with Tennis Elbow .
Pain felt around the bony protrusions on the side of the elbow upon lifting the wrist or hand or with twisting motions of the forearm are symptoms of Tennis Elbow . Pain is most commonly felt on the outside of the elbow when extending the wrist (lifting the hand towards the forearm) or twisting the forearm. Pain might also be felt when applying pressure over or around the sides of the elbow.You need not play tennis or golf to have a diagnosis of “Tennis or Golfer's” Elbow.
How a 3-Point Splint Can Help
Along with appropriate anti-inflammatory medicines, the treatment for acute (sudden onset) Tennis Elbow is to rest the muscles and tendons around the elbow. Since the muscles that straighten the wrist start at the elbow, resting the wrist as well as the elbow is suggested.
The 3pp Wrist Control can be used to rest the wrist in extension. Using a wrist splint along with the 3pp Elbow Wrap to reduce tension on the tendons around the elbow, can help relieve the pain and allow the tendons to heal.