Contrary to what the name suggests, Tennis Elbow—also known as Lateral Epicondylitis—is not a condition that affects only people who play tennis on the regular. In fact, Tennis Elbow is most common in people whose jobs require the type of repetitive motion that leads to the development of this condition, such as plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers.
Tennis Elbow is a condition where repetitive motions of the wrist and arm lead to the inflammation of the tendons that are attached to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow. This inflammation causes radiating pain in the lateral part of your forearm.
So, do you have Tennis Elbow? Here are some indications:
- Tennis elbow causes pain that might radiate from the outside of your elbow into your forearm and even your wrist.
- You might experience weakness in your forearm, which would make it hard to shake hands, hold things or turn doorknobs.
- If your job and/or regular hobbies require a repetitive motion of the wrist and arm – such as playing tennis, painting, cutting up ingredients for cooking, using plumbing tools, etc.—then you might be suffering from tennis elbow.
- If you are suffering from the symptoms above mentioned and you are between the ages 30 and 50, you might be suffering from tennis elbow.
Leaving this condition untreated can result in chronic pain.
Conservative treatment includes over-the-counter pain medicine, rest, icing, and natural pain remedies. However, surgery might be the best option for you. Talk to a hand specialist about your symptoms and ask what course of treatment would be best for you. Don’t forget to ask whether they offer minimally invasive procedures to treat tennis elbow.
Our physicians at Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas are experienced in performing minimally invasive procedures to treat hand/arm problems. Schedule and appointment today!