A Closer Look at Tennis Elbow

If you’ve been dealing with constant pain in your elbow, it might be more than just a temporary problem. Tennis elbow is a condition that can affect you even if you don’t play any sports, and it can be debilitating if you don’t get treatment. 

At Mehling Orthopedics, our team specializes in all kinds of orthopedic problems, including tennis elbow. Dr. Brian Mehling and Dr. Pavel Yufit are our two orthopedic specialists who can diagnose your tennis elbow and get you the long-awaited treatment that you need.

Tennis elbow—what is it?

Tennis elbow, which is also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that affects the tendons in your arm. Its name is misleading, because it’s not only caused by sporting events such as tennis.

Tennis elbow is an injury that happens because of repetitive movements, which can be from playing sports or from a job that requires you to use your arms repetitively. This includes professions such as painters, plumbers, and butchers. It can also be caused by repetitive computer use as well.

This condition usually causes pain in the muscles and tendons that attach to your elbow. However, your pain may radiate beyond this point to your wrist or forearms, too. It’s caused by small tears in the muscles and tendons in the forearm and wrist that occur with overuse.

Common symptoms

As we’ve mentioned, one of the main symptoms of tennis elbow is pain, especially in your elbow and forearm. But there are other symptoms that you may experience as well, including:

The pain that you feel may not only affect the area around your elbow; it can also radiate to your wrist and hands if it isn’t treated in a timely manner. 

These symptoms may make it difficult to perform daily tasks, such as opening a door or lifting something heavy. These problems don’t just make daily living harder than normal, but also may affect your job as well.

Are you at risk?

As stated before, overuse of your forearms puts you at increased risk of tennis elbow. But there are other risk factors as well, including doing certain jobs. For example, if you’re a carpenter or a cook, your risk of developing this problem is significantly higher than that of other professions.

Age is another factor that you can’t control. Tennis elbow can technically occur at any age, but it most often occurs between the ages of 30 and 50

Another risk factor is playing sports, especially those that require the use of a racquet. This is how tennis elbow got its name, because of the prominence of the disorder in people who play tennis. Your risk is even higher if you have poor form, which puts more strain on the muscles in your arms.

Treatments that can help

If your symptoms don’t seem to get better, we can provide treatment. Sometimes, all you need is rest and activity modification to improve your symptoms.

However, if that doesn’t work, our team offers other treatments as well. Physical therapy is a useful tool to not only help you deal with your symptoms, but also give you exercises that help prevent further problems. 

Some of the other types of treatments our doctors may recommend include:

Surgery may be recommended if your symptoms don’t get better after conservative treatments. The surgery for tennis elbow repairs the tiny tears that are in your muscle and tendons to promote better healing.

If you’re suffering with the pain of tennis elbow, call one of our offices in Hackensack, New Jersey, or West Islip, New York, to make an appointment with our team.

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