Lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow is a condition of the elbow that often causes pain on the outside of the elbow with lifting, gripping, and activities that involve wrist extension.
Lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow is a condition of the elbow that often causes pain on the outside of the elbow with lifting, gripping, and activities that involve wrist extension. It is sometimes associated with tennis players but can be caused by a variety of different activities. Pain usually originates at the elbow but can radiate down the forearm and into the wrist. The tendon most commonly involved is the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon which originates on the lateral epicondyle of the humerus. Treatment will start conservatively with bracing, anti-inflammatories and therapy. It is often a long recovery and may take many months for the symptoms to resolve. If the symptoms persist despite conservative management surgical options may be discussed. The diagnosis is usually a clinical one, but an MRI may be done to visualize the tendons and surrounding structures.
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.