Not just from playing tennis, this injury is often seen in painters and others from overuse.

INJURY
Tennis Elbow

ALSO KNOWN AS
Lateral Epicondylitis

ABOUT
When the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow become inflamed, or the forearm muscles and tendons become damage from overuse by repeating the same motion over-and-over again, this leads to pain on the outside of the elbow. Playing tennis or other same-motion activities can cause Tennis Elbow.

COMMON INJURY

Most often Tennis Elbow is caused by overuse – and not just by racket playing athletes, but also often seen in painters, plumbers and carpenters, autoworkers and cooks.


DIAGNOSIS
You and your SMGOA physician will discuss a variety of elements such as your activities, risk factors, previous elbow injuries, a history of rheumatoid arthritis or nerve diseases and when your symptoms began. In addition to the physical exam, x-rays and/or MRI and/or EMG may be ordered.

NON SURGICAL TREATMENT
Nearly all Tennis Elbow patients have success with non-surgical treatments such as rest, non-steroid anti-inflammatory medicines, equipment check, physical therapy and/or a brace, steroid injections and extracorporeal shock wave therapy.

SURGICAL TREATMENT
Most common surgical option for Tennis Elbow is arthroscopic and is to remove the diseased muscle and reattach healthy muscle to bone.

Tennis Elbow
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