Do you have elbow pain? Often times, patients complaining of elbow pain have tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis. Although tennis elbow is common among tennis players, other people can also develop the condition, such as people who do manual labor and use repetitive motions, such as gardeners or painters.
Signs of Tennis Elbow
People with tennis elbow often complain about a pain that radiates from the outside of their elbow into their forearm and wrist. The pain is often mild to start but worsens over a period of weeks or months. Sometimes people feel pain when they touch the outside of the elbow. Other symptoms are pain while extending the wrist, or while gripping.
Most often, tennis elbow can be treated non-surgically. Your physician will discuss your treatment options with you, but they may include lifestyle modification, a change in stroke mechanics and racquet, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, or an elbow brace. Simple strengthening exercises might be recommended as well.
Most people with tennis elbow can be treated without surgery, but if severe pain persists over many months even after treatment, there are successful surgical approaches. Surgery may include repairing the healthy portion of the tendon, removing a portion of the damaged tendon, or releasing the attachment of the affected tendon.
If you are experiencing elbow pain, we recommend calling our offices to make an appointment.