"INSIDE IMAGING: Lateral Elbow Pain-Clinical And Radiological Diagnosis - DR. HARISH S KRISHNA & DR.DHANANJAYA KVN"

The elbow is a fairly stable joint. Overuse injuries are more common in the elbow than direct impact and large force injuries. Tendinopathies, nerve injuries and ligament injuries are encountered frequently at the elbow. A musculoskeletal pain survey conducted in an Indian, Malay and Chinese population reported 13% of Indian men and 35% of women with overuse injuries in the elbow.

Lateral elbow pain accounts to 1-3 % of the total elbow pain and is most frequently seen in the forty’s age group. Acute elbow injuries due to repetitive trauma and throwing are commonly diagnosed and treated in physiotherapy clinic. The small reference area and the fact that many structures can potentially lead to elbow pain makes the diagnosis of lateral elbow pain difficult. Elbow pain which presents at repetitive intervals or on specific activities or positions pose a challenge to physio to give accurate treatment. Administering a pain relieving treatment without properly diagnosing the underlying pathology may give a temporary relief to the client, but complete cure and stopping recurrence of the same pain remains elusive.

 

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