¿Severe pain in the elbow? Meet epicondylitis

Written by: Dr. Luís Ruano García
Published: | Updated: 11/07/2022
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Epicondylitis is manifested by pain in the elbow area, which increases the lifting.

What is epicondylitis?

Epicondylitis, as experts say Traumatology , is an inflammation of the joint area of the tendons of a group of forearm muscles to the bone at the elbow. This group of muscles serves to make the extension (as opposed to bending movement) of the wrist and elbow.

When this muscle group performs the same function repeatedly (certain jobs and sports) area of ​​attachment to the bone becomes inflamed and painful.

Epicondylitis, symptoms

Pain increases when trying to lift a weight keeping the elbow and wrist extended, for example, to take a pitcher. By contrast, the flexural wrist or elbow, the muscle does not act and the pain disappears.

Treatment of epicondylitis

The treatment begins with the local application of cold and consumption of anti-inflammatory drugs. If the patient does not improve, we resort to physiotherapy and local infiltration of corticosteroids or platelet rich plasma.

In the absence of improvement surgical treatment is recommended, which involves separating the tendon from the bone. After surgery, the patient should start a gentle physiotherapy and restrict vigorous physical activity until the symptoms disappear.

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Dr. Luís Ruano García

By Dr. Luís Ruano García
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Ruano Garcia is a renowned specialist in traumatology of the city of Murcia. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Murcia and Doctor Cum Laude in Medicine and Surgery from the same university. It also has the title of Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMC), which allows the practice of medicine in the United States and a Master of assessment of bodily injury and disability from the University of Granada. He currently serves as Medical Specialist in Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery in private practice and in the "Morales Meseguer" Hospital of Murcia. He is also honorary professor collaborator of Traumatology of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Murcia and has been teaching professor at various master's degrees and courses within your specialization. He has collaborated in numerous conferences and lectures in Traumatology and holds several awards, such as the 1st Prize of the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Murcia. He also is the author of numerous scientific articles on Traumatology.


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