Elbow pain tennis elbow, self-diagnosis can tell

As the weather cools, more and more people enjoy exercising.

However, many people enjoy exercise such as yoga, stretching, and home training that can be enjoyed at home while reducing outside activities to strengthen quarantine regulations and prevent infectious diseases caused by Corona 19.

However, exercise at home is often caused by stress on the joints because they do not receive the guidance of a professional instructor.

In particular, those who enjoy fitness, such as home training, which invest more in the upper body than the lower body, should be careful about injuries to the elbow, shoulder, wrist, and spine joints.

Tennis elbow, an elbow disease caused by lifting heavy exercise equipment and heavy loads, is a common disease in the 30s and 60s.

The number of tennis elbow patients who suffered from 609,741 in 2016 has steadily increased to 663,461 in 2019.

In 2020, when the corona spread in earnest, there were 640,766 people, a slight decrease (3.4%p) from 2019.

According to the statistics by age of the National Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service, patients in their 30s to 60s accounted for 93% of the total.

Yoncesta Hospital Director Heo Dong-beom (adjunct professor at Kyunghee University School of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine) said, “The tennis elbow that causes elbow pain is often injured during exercise. It occurs a lot in the occupational group that uses the hand. In particular, from March to April, when there are many moving people who have no choice but to carry a lot of heavy luggage, many people visit the hospital for pain.”

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Tennis elbow is a lateral epicondylitis caused by weakening or tearing of the elbow ligament due to repeated use of the arm or hand, or overload or movement of the wrist.

Typical symptoms include pain when shaking the arm or twisting the wrist, stiffness and tingling pain in the protruding area outside the elbow, and pain when washing laundry or cloth or twisting the arm.

In severe cases, pain is felt even with light actions in daily life. A similar disease, golf elbows, differs in that pain occurs inside the elbow.

If you have tennis elbow symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

In the early days when symptoms are mild, the symptoms can be relieved by fixing the elbows, taking a break, and taking anti-inflammatory analgesics.

If symptoms are not relieved, there is also an extracorporeal shock wave therapy, which is a representative treatment for instrument rehabilitation.

It is a treatment that physically stimulates the pain area to improve blood flow and help regeneration of the tendon. There is also prolo injection treatment, which is a direct injection treatment into the pain area of ​​the elbow.

In severe cases, non-incision tendon glass surgery through arthroscopy should be performed.

Since the incision is small and surgery is performed with local anesthesia, recovery is quick, and hospitalization and casts are not required.

Platelet-rich plasma tissue regeneration using platelet-rich plasma containing growth factors necessary for healing and regeneration of damaged tissues is also more effective.

▲ Heo Dong-beom, Director of Yoncestar Hospital

“If you have elbow pain, you should refrain from using your elbow before chronic pain comes.” You can check the pain by performing a self-diagnosis for the tennis elbow. If you feel pain on the outside of your elbow when you bend and open your wrist or shake your wrist up or down while holding an object, you can suspect a tennis elbow. Another way to check is to stretch your arm forward and press the middle finger down to see your elbow pain. If you feel pain through self-diagnosis, you should go to a specialist for treatment.”

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