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Medial Epicondylitis / Golfer’s Elbow

The medical term for Golfer’s Elbow (also called Reverse or Medial Tennis Elbow) is Medial Epicondylitis, i.e. a painful condition on the medial side of the elbow. Repetitive stress at the musculotendinous junction and its origin at the epicondyle lead to tendinitis in its most acute form and tendinosis in its more chronic form. The stress results in tissue injuries that in turn result in degeneration of the tendons of the muscles that bend the wrist. The pain is mainly connected to movement or static work with the wrist. The condition can develop into a tendinosis-like condition. See Tendinosis.

Mouse Arm (jargon) / Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow or Mouse Arm is the designation of a painful condition in the elbow often related to extensive use of a PC mouse. The symptoms are the same as found with a Lateral Epicondylitis condition (see below). To reduce and / or prevent relapse or escalation of the pain, effort should be put into organizing a good ergonomic arrangement of your PC work place.

Lateral Epicondylitis / Mouse Arm / Tennis Elbow

Lateral Epicondylitis is the designation of a painful condition at the lateral side of the elbow joint where the elbow’s stretching muscles are anchored. The area next to the joint is very often also painful when touched and when the muscles are used. Recent research shows that inflammation cells are not found in the area, but the condition is still called a Tendinosis. The term Epicondylitis is also used to describe painful states on the medial side of the elbow.

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