Tennis Elbow – What Is it & How Is it Treated?
Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is a strain injury of the muscles in the elbow. It is caused by repeated motions that overstress the tendon, resulting in tiny tears. The best example, as the name suggests, is a tennis player who swings a racquet that impacts a tennis ball over and over.
However, the condition isn’t just sports related. Any profession that requires the same repetitive arm motion can increase the risk of tennis elbow. A butcher who wields a cleaver, a carpenter who drives nails into boards, even a computer technician who overuses a mouse—all can be affected by tennis elbow.
How Do You Know if You Have Tennis Elbow?
The most obvious sign that you’ve injured your elbow tendon is severe pain that radiates from the elbow down to the forearm and wrist. You’ll also find it more challenging to grip objects with your hand, such as a door knob or cup. If you’re experiencing these symptoms and you’ve recently engaged in an activity where you overused your arm, you may have tennis elbow.
How Is Tennis Elbow Treated?
If you’re suffering from pain in your elbow and suspect you may have a strain, turn to Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained elbow doctors can confirm that your tendon is torn due to tennis elbow and can then recommend the proper treatment.
We always pursue non-invasive treatments first, which entail ice-pack application, over-the-counter pain medications, physical therapy, and good-ole rest and relaxation. In severe circumstances where these treatments are ineffective, tennis elbow surgery, wherein the affected tendon is removed, is an option.
Whether you injured your elbow playing sports, working at your profession, or in any other way, you can trust the elbow doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers to help you find relief. Contact us today to set up your appointment.