Tennis Elbow is a Fault

 Winter is a great time to play tennis in Midland. The temperatures are cooler; humidity is low.

Now if you could only get than pain on the outside of your elbow to cooperate.

Tennis elbow. Ouch!

We see this inflammation of the tendons around the elbow all the time at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists. It can seem innocent enough, but when it hurts to turn a doorknob or simply shake hands, it’s time to do something about it

We can diagnose and treat tennis elbow, usually with conservative methods.

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is a painful condition that comes from the tendons around the elbow being overused. The pain of tennis elbow primarily occurs where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow. The pain can spread from there into the forearm and wrist.

Although the bane of many a tennis fanatic, certain jobs can also lead to this inflammation. Repetitive motions are to blame, and so tennis elbow can be a problem for plumbers, painters, carpenters, and butchers.

What are the causes of tennis elbow?

The inflammation of tennis elbow is due to the repeated contraction of the forearm muscles that you use to straighten and raise your hand and wrist. The repeated use and stress can lead to a series of tiny tears in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow.

These motions can lead to tennis elbow:

  • Playing tennis, particularly with poor form on the backhand
  • Manually driving screws
  • Painting
  • Cutting up meat
  • Repetitive use of a computer mouse

Treatment

At Urgent Orthopedic Specialists, we start with conservative treatments. Obviously, rest and icing are the first treatments. Anti-inflammatory medicines and over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to manage the pain and attempt to reduce inflammation. The technique used for what you are doing, for instance using a drill to drive screws instead of manually, or changing your tennis stroke, can help. Physical therapy can help in some cases.

If your tennis elbow persists, surgery to remove damaged tissue may be an option, but this is very rare.

Do you have chronic pain on your outer elbow? Sounds like tennis elbow. Call us at Urgent Orthopedics, (432) 520-3020, and let’s check it out and see how we can get you back out on the court.

Posted in: Joint Pain & Replacement, Occupational Medicine, Sports Injuries

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