As with many conditions affecting the hands and arms, tennis elbow can develop as a result of repetitive movement, which can cause inflammation and swelling of the tendons designed to provide smooth motion. Though playing tennis could potentially cause this condition, more commonly this issue will be seen in painters, contractors, plumbers, carpenters, and other individuals who perform repeat gestures in their work or play. Symptoms include pain along your forearm, outside elbow, and other areas of the wrist and arm. During your initial consultation, our skilled orthopaedic physicians can determine if your concern is due to tennis elbow and discuss your available treatments.
At Towson Orthopaedic Associates, we offer a comprehensive range of surgical and non-surgical options, and we will utilize conservative methods foremost before suggesting more aggressive techniques. In the event an operation is necessary, our extensively trained surgeons can perform minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery that can reduce recovery time and enhance the outcome of your procedure.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Tennis Elbow
Sometimes rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication may be all that is required to relieve the pain of tennis elbow. With care, tennis elbow may even heal on its own. If the symptoms persist or become worse, however, our physicians can recommend additional minimally invasive treatment methods to suit your unique needs, such as physical therapy, a forearm brace, or steroid injections. If after trying conservative methods your discomfort doesn’t dissipate or the condition worsens, surgery may be able to reduce the pain and restore function.
Surgical Options for Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow surgery is designed to remove the damaged tissue that is causing pain. Our orthopaedic hand, elbow, and shoulder surgeons are extensively trained in advanced, minimally invasive surgical techniques that utilize several small incisions rather than one large one, as with traditional elbow surgery. As a result, typically you can experience a shorter recovery period and return to an active lifestyle more quickly.
Tennis elbow doesn’t have to restrict your ability to perform routine actions or enjoy recreational activities. For more information about this common condition and what we can do to help, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, please contact us today.