Dr. Kevin Yip

Dr Kevin Yip
Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS(UK), FRCS(EDIN), FAM(SING), FHKCOS(ORTHO)

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Tennis injury and Medial epicondylitis

Tennis injuries are generally defined as either cumulative overuse or acute (traumatic) injuries.

Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on the muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper time for healing. They begin as a small, nagging ache or pain, and can grow into a debilitating injury if they aren’t treated early.

Medial Epicondylitis

Medial Epicondylitis, also referred to as tennis elbow and is considered a cumulative trauma injury. It is thought that over time, repeated use of the muscles of the arm and forearm may lead to small tears in the tendons. The muscles that are used to pull the hand down (wrist flexors) are located on the palm side of the forearm. These muscles attach to the common flexor tendon, which attaches to the medial epicondyle (on the inside of the elbow). When the wrist flexors are overused, the common flexor tendon becomes inflammation and painful.

Pain on the inside of the elbow, usually during or after intense use, usually indicates medial epicondylitis. Because this occurs often in golfers it has become known as ‘golfer’s elbow’

Treatments:

Using the R.I.C.E method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), Anti inflammatory medications, injection, Shockwave therapy, If nonsurgical forms of treatment do not eliminate the pain of this condition, surgery may be recommended.

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