Doctors call it lateral epicondylitis; you probably know it as “tennis elbow”. And it doesn’t just affect tennis players – sufferers may call it golfers elbow and even carpenters elbow. Any frequent, repetitive strenuous movement, whether from swinging a tennis racket, golf club, or hammer, can damage the muscles and tendons in your forearm – which you feel as pain and tenderness in the outside of your elbow.
Treatments range from ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers to surgery for the most severe cases. Corticosteroid (cortisone) injections used to be a very popular treatment but the risk of side effects, as well as the high frequency of relapse has patients looking for other options.