Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Initial treatment options may include rest, ice,
anti-inflammatory medications and stretching
exercises. Image Guided (Ultrasound) Steroid injections are the next option, however they may not provide long lasting relief. Injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections is an excellent treatment option at this time in order to avoid surgery for this condition.
This condition, commonly called tennis elbow, is an
inflammation of the tendons that connect the
muscles of the forearm to the elbow. The pain is
primarily felt at the lateral epicondyle, the bony
bump on the outer side of the elbow.
Inside the Elbow
The elbow joint is a complex group of bones,
muscles, ligaments and tendons. Lateral
epicondylitis involves the extensor muscles, which
control the extension of the wrist and fingers, and
the extensor tendons, which anchor the muscles to
the lateral epicondyle.
Lateral epicondylitis is caused by specific repetitive
motions of the wrist and arm. The stress placed on
the forearm by a tennis backstroke is a common
culprit. This stress causes tiny tears to develop in
one or more extensor tendons. This results in
inflammation and pain.
This condition typically causes pain and tenderness
that is centered on the lateral epicondyle. This pain
may radiate along the forearm and wrist. The grip of
the hand may feel weak.
Lateral epicondylitis typically affects people
between the ages of 30 and 50. It is a common
complaint of athletes who play racquet sports, but
certain occupations can also raise a person's risk.
This condition is common among plumbers,
painters, carpenters and butchers.
Watch the video description below
Dr. Ghalambor's Overview of Tennis Elbow