Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Tennis Elbow is a type of tendinitis (tendonitis). Also known as Lateral Epicondylitis, tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow.
This condition is actually more commonly related to work related activities than sports. Tennis elbow is most commonly found in plumbers, carpenters, mechanics and painters. Athletes who play tennis, raquetball and squash are also at risk.
Tennis Elbow commonly occurs as a result of overuse. Repetitive motions that involve lifting and gripping can cause this condition. Turning screws or using wrenches are examples of work related activities involving the elbow that can potentially cause this condition over time. Tennis Elbow frequently affects the dominant arm.
Tennis Elbow might also be found in patients with a history of nerve disease or rheumatoid arthritis, nerve disease.
Tennis Elbow Symptoms
A diagnosis commonly includes a physical examination of the hand and arms, medical history, and a discussion concerning symptoms and prior injuries. X-rays, lab test, and an EMG (electrodiagnostic nerve studies) might also used to confirm a a patient has cubital tunnel syndrome.
Tennis Elbow Treatment & Surgery
If a patients symptoms do not respond to non-operative treatments after 6 to 12 months, a doctor may recommend surgery. The majority of patients do not require surgery to manage this condition.
Examples of conservative, non-operative treatments, regenerative treatments and surgical procedures for tennis elbow include the following:
Are You Experiencing Elbow Pain?
The symptoms associated with Tennis Elbow are not unique to this condition. Arthritis of the elbow may cause some of same symptoms tennis elbow. An accurate diagnoses and evaluation may include X-Rays or an MRI.
The orthopedic doctors at The Center For Musculoskeletal are highly skilled and experienced at diagnosing and evaluating conditions affecting the elbow. Our team of specialist will discuss your condition and help plan an individualized treatment program.