Tennis Elbow

Mehling Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in Hackensack, NJ & West Islip, NY

Tennis elbow doesn’t just impact athletes and it can become a persistent lingering concern. At Mehling Orthopedics with multiple offices in Hackensack, New Jersey, or West Islip, New York, qualified board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Brian Mehling, MD, and Pavel Yufit, MD, provide proven-successful treatments for tennis elbow and prioritize patient recovery. The goal is to enhance your mobility, activity level, and overall wellness through orthopedic, regenerative, and sports medicine with a personalized, compassionate approach. Click here on the website to book online or call Mehling Orthopedics.

Tennis Elbow Q & A

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition where the tendons of your elbow become strained and often damaged, typically due to excessive and repetitive motions. The resulting pain happens where your forearm muscle tendons connect to the bony bump on the outer side of your elbow.

Tennis elbow leads to weakness, pain, swelling of the elbow, and impaired functioning. The most common symptom to be aware of is an aching that continues to persistent or chronic pain.

While the common name does imply that this condition affects tennis players and athletes, anyone can be affected.

What causes tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is usually the result of muscle strain and overuse. Any activity that strains your muscles can cause tennis elbow. Repeated contractions of your forearm muscles can stress the tissue, leading to irritation, small tendon tears, and inflammation.

Certain factors heighten your risk of getting tennis elbow, such as:

  • Aging
  • Engaging in certain sports
  • Lifting weights

Occupations involving repetitive motions of the wrist or arm, such as painters, plumbers, athletes, musicians, and cooks, also pose an increased risk of tennis elbow.

What are the treatments for tennis elbow?

Mehling Orthopedics provides an array of successful treatments for tennis elbow. The right treatment methods depend on the severity of your condition. Your provider obtains a medical history, performs a physical exam, and uses imaging technology, such as X-rays, to diagnose and assess the severity of your tennis elbow.

Sometimes, watchful waiting is sufficient and tennis elbow can improve over time with careful monitoring by a qualified medical professional.

Tennis elbow can improve with specific exercises tailored for you. Using these exercises and learning proper techniques to move your arm during certain activities can lower your risk of getting tennis elbow in the future. Guided exercise and specialized movements with a medical professional can be highly effective and often uses forearm braces, straps, and other helpful tools.

Other treatments for tennis elbow include:

  • Platelet-rich plasma therapy
  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatories and pain relievers
  • Surgery to repair tears and other damage
  • Ice and heat packs

If you have tennis elbow, the compassionate Mehling providers can help you find relief. Get your personalized treatment plan and embark on your way to pain-free movement and better physical functioning. Call or click to schedule online today.