Tennis Elbow Relief

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse.

 

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What is Tennis Elbow?

Your elbow joint consists of three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus) and the two bones of your forearm (radius and ulna). At the bottom of the humerus exist bony bumps called epicondyles. When you overuse your elbow in sports and other activities, damage to muscles and tendons in this area can occur. Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, refers to inflammation of the epicondyles on the outside of the elbow. This condition presents itself in tennis players and people who work in fields that require the repetitive vigorous use of the forearm muscle.

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow
Weak grip strength
Pain made worse while using forearm

How is Tennis Elbow Treated?

While most cases of tennis elbow can be successfully treated conservatively, if symptoms do not go away after 6 months, surgery may be recommended. Most surgical procedures of tennis elbow involve removing damaged muscle. If surgery makes the most sense for you, your Onward Orthopedic Surgeon will walk you through the recommended techniques and explain recovery timelines.