Introduction

EpicondylitisThe epicondylitis.org.uk website provides information and advice on the epicondylitis condition ranging from what symptoms are associated with the injury, the different types of epicondylitis, what causes epicondylitis, how it can be treated and how it can be prevented as a condition. Epicondylitis in the workplace is covered, with mention of high risk professions and what an employer should do in order to reduce the risk of epicondylitis in the workplace. Ultimately, if a case of epicondylitis has proved to have originated as a consequence of the work environment, we cover the epicondylitis claims process and detail the amount of epicondylitis compensation that has been awarded to successful claimants.

Epicondylitis definition

Epicondylitis is a repetitive strain injury which is a form of tendonitis that manifests in two slightly different forms of injury; lateral epicondylitis which is often referred to as tennis elbow and medial epicondylitis which is usually called golfers elbow. Tennis elbow is a much more common injury than golfers elbow with most sufferers of either injury being placed in the 30 – 50 year old category and both types of injury causing elbow pain. Diagrams and more information on both types of epicondylitis can be found on our types section.

Tennis elbow definition

Although called “tennis elbow” the condition, which has the technical name “lateral epicondylitis”, can affect people that engage in a number of different sports or tasks that involve the repetitive motion of the arm, wrist and elbow. Tennis players make up a large proportion of sufferers, but this is not exclusive – see our causes section for more details.

The condition occurs due to an overuse of the muscle tendon junction and forms at the lateral epicondyle. This causes an inflammation of the extensor forearm muscles which gives rise to lateral elbow and upper forearm pain and a feeling of tenderness in the affected area.

Golfers elbow definition

Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a type of repetitive strain injury that is common in golfers and people that conduct regular repetitive tasks that put a strain on the fingers, wrist, elbow and forearm. For that reason it is also nicknamed “pitchers elbow” and “climbers elbow”. This condition is roughly one fifth as common as tennis elbow.

The injury will cause a dull ache where the flexor tendon of the forearm connects to the medial epicondyle which is the outer part of the elbow.