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Paresthesia After Tennis Elbow Injection.

Posted Mar 07 2010 5:54pm


Paresthesia is also known as the feeling of pins and needle. It is a sensation of numbness of a person’s skin. It is also characterized by numbness and a feeling of pricking or tingling. Paresthesia usually does not have any long-term effects as such. Usually caused as a result of pressure on a particular nerve thus, causing a hindrance in the flow of blood.

Tennis elbow is a condition of swelling, soreness and pain. It is a condition that occurs near the elbow, outside the upper arm. It occurs as a result of partial tear of the tendon fibers. Tendons connect muscle to bone. Tennis elbow usually occurs as a result of strain. People who are usually involved in work wherein the elbow or wrist is repeatedly lifted or moved are more susceptible to tennis elbow.

Causes of paresthesia, after a tennis elbow injection:

Paresthesia caused by a tennis elbow injection is of the transient type. Transient paresthesia is usually felt in the extremities. Its sensation disappears after the pressure on the nerve is released. Intra-articular glucocorticoid steroid injections are used to resolve several months of pain. Subsequent to the injection, the patient usually feels increased pain for the following days. This pain is felt before the steroid settles the condition. This pain that is felt by the patient is a condition of transient parestheisa.

Injections are used in the treatment of tennis elbow as these are easy to use and also give quick relief. However, like any other steroid injection the patient is at a small risk of tendon rupture or local infection after the use of these injections. This the reason most doctors do not give more then two doses of these injections. Other than the fact that these injections have just short-term effects only, there is no reason to doubt their effectiveness. Even the paresthesia caused by the injection is short-term. However, if the pain or the paresthesia continues for a long-term period, it should be referred to a doctor who decides the treatment by a neurologist. Usually paresthesia in the arm can be easily dealt with by clenching and unclenching the fist continuously, several times. This happens because rapid movement increases blood flow in the particular area thus resulting in relief.

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