Elbow Pain / Tennis Elbow

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is an inflammation around the bony knob on the outer side of the elbow.  It occurs when the tissue that attaches muscle to the bone becomes irritated.  The bony knob is called the lateral epicondyle, and tennis elbow is also called lateral epicondylitis.  Elbow pain on the inside of the elbow is very similar but is called medial epicondylitis.

What causes it?

Playing a racket sport can cause tennis elbow as well as doing anything that involves extending your wrist or rotating your forearm-such as twisting a screwdriver or lifting heavy objects with your palm down.  With age, the tissue may become inflamed more easily

Symptoms

The most common symptom of tennis elbow is pain on the outer side of the elbow and down the forearm.  You may have pain all the time or only when you lift things.  The elbow may also swell, get red, or feel warm to the touch.  And it may hurt to grip things, turn your hand, or swing your arm.  When the tendon or muscle becomes inflamed due to overuse or an accident, the nerves around the muscle become irritated.  Then moving your elbow and turning your hand or grasping objects can be very painful. 

Treatment in our office

Your treatment will depend on how inflamed your tendon is.  The goal is to relieve your symptoms and help you regain full use of your elbow.  Gentle manipulation, myofascial therapy, ultrasound, cold lazar, or other rehabilitation and therapy modality may be great options.  An oral anti-inflammatory medication combined with heat or ice and elbow splinting can relieve pain and reduce swelling. A gentle injection of an anti-inflammatory medication may be utilized to help reduce the swelling and promote healing 

You can be assured whatever procedure or combination it takes to get you pain free and back in action the fastest way possible is the one we will perform.
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