Understanding your tennis elbow
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis can be a painful condition caused by inflammation in the common extensor tendon origin by the outside of the elbow. It causes pain on the outside of the elbow that is made worse by lifting even light objects. It usually arises from lifting a heavy object with an extended elbow and wrist or as one of the names indicates, from playing tennis. The symptoms may be long lasting.
Options for your tennis elbow
Conservative treatment includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections, and the application of a counterforce strap on the forearm. These frequently are successful, especially when the problem is diagnosed and treated early.
When conservative treatments do not resolve the pain, surgical options may be required and can be successful. We will discuss these options with you if they are required.
What to expect after your procedure
We will prescribe a specific rehabilitation protocol with a hand therapist which will involve splinting and protected passive and active motion. Unrestricted activity is often allowed at six weeks.