Has Tennis Elbow Taken You Out of the Game?
Lateral epicondylitis, commonly called tennis elbow, is an inflammation of the tendons that connect a muscle in your forearm to the outside of your elbow. This condition generally affects your dominant arm and may cause pain along the outside of your elbow, weakening your grip and making it more difficult to use your hand.
What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?
Although tennis elbow is sometimes caused by playing racquet sports, that is not always the cause. In fact, tennis elbow can affect anyone who frequently uses their arms in ways that stress the tendons of the forearm. Painters, plumbers, and carpenters frequently suffer from lateral epicondylitis.
The symptoms of tennis elbow may begin as a mild pain that gradually worsens over time. There may be no single event that can be traced to the beginning of the pain. Other symptoms of lateral epicondylitis may include:
- A burning sensation or pain on the outside of the elbow.
- Weakened hand grip.
- Pain and weakness that worsens when using the forearm muscles.
How Is Tennis Elbow Diagnosed and Treated?
A physical exam and a discussion of your lifestyle and symptoms may be sufficient to diagnose tennis elbow. However, your physician may also recommend imaging tests, such as X-rays, to rule out other conditions.
Epicondylitis treatment depends on the severity of your condition. Your physician may recommend resting your elbow and taking an over-the-counter medication for short-term, temporary pain relief. A splint may also help treat the inflamed tendon. In some cases, your physician may recommend surgery as the most effective tennis elbow treatment treatment.
MHS Surgeons Are Certified in the Leading-Edge Tenex Method
Tennis elbow can be a persistent, painful condition that limits the function of your arm. In some cases, surgery is the best treatment option. All of our surgeons are certified in Tenex, one of the most effective, minimally invasive surgical methods for treating tennis elbow. We perform the procedure in one of our modern, on-site surgical suites, allowing you to return home the same day. After surgery, most patients can resume normal activity in as few as 4-6 weeks, often without the need for follow-up physical therapy.
Advanced Treatment for Your Tennis Elbow
Our physicians are fellowship-trained hand surgeons with extensive experience in tennis elbow treatment. At your initial appointment, your MHS physician will conduct a thorough examination, diagnose your injury, and develop the most effective treatment plan for your needs. MHS has the experience and resources to provide you with the best outcome possible for your tennis elbow.
MHS is committed to bringing the highest level of expertise, leading edge therapeutic approaches, and the most advanced equipment, all to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Call us at 630-359-6888, or contact us today through our secure form to schedule a prompt appointment.