Tennis elbow is a common condition that can cause extreme pain in the outside of the elbow. If pain is experienced in this area while using the hand or arm, especially when gripping an object, it may be tennis elbow. Fortunately, most cases of tennis elbow can be treated or cured with non-invasive treatments and the expertise of a physician who is experienced in orthopaedic injuries.
Causes of Tennis Elbow
Contrary to the name, most people who have tennis elbow have never played tennis. It can result from any repetitive motions performed on a regular basis. Using a keyboard and mouse, doing carpentry, using a screwdriver, gardening, or almost anything where the hands or wrists are used can cause tennis elbow over time. In addition, an injury to the elbow, such as from a fall or accident, can tear the tendons in the arm and cause tennis elbow.
Treatment for Tennis Elbow
When questioning if it’s tennis elbow, it’s important to see a qualified orthopaedic specialist. Because pain in the elbow could be caused by other factors, an accurate diagnosis is crucial in finding relief. An orthopaedic physician can usually diagnose the condition by physical exam, a discussion of symptoms, and a few simple tests.
Most cases of tennis elbow can be treated with non-surgical options. These may include:
- Ice and rest for the affected arm
- NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen
- Steroids, either topical creams or injections done by your physician
- Wearing a special brace
- Physical therapy
The vast majority of patients find significant relief with one or a combination of these methods. A few patients do need surgery to correct the issue, which is highly successful when performed by an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in elbow injuries.
Are you suffering from tennis elbow? Contact the Orthopaedic Center today
Do you struggle with tennis elbow? The Orthopedic Center can help you decide what the next steps should be. For more information contact The Orthopaedic Center, with locations conveniently located in Sapulpa, Cushing, South Tulsa and Midtown Tulsa. We look forward to meeting you, give us a call at 918-582-6800.