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Tennis Elbow

Christopher  S  Durant, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

C D Orthopedics, PC

Christopher S Durant, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Brentwood, NY

Tennis elbow is a common overuse injury that affects between 1-3% of the population. Though common, without intervention and treatment, tennis below can affect your range of motion and ability to exercise. At C D Orthopedics, PC, Christopher Durant, MD, and his team provide comprehensive care for tennis elbow. To make an appointment at the practice in Brentwood, New York, call the office or book online today.

Tennis Elbow Q&A

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, causes inflammation of the elbow as a result of repetitive movements. Often, pain caused by a tennis elbow occurs on the outside of the elbow joint. Over time, it may also radiate down your forearm. If you have a tennis elbow, you might find it difficult to straighten or bend your arm.

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?

Common symptoms of tennis elbow include:

  • Elbow pain
  • Pain that extends down the arm and into the wrist
  • A weak grip
  • Increased pain when picking up or squeezing objects

If you have a tennis elbow, you might also experience pain when opening jars, shaking hands, or using hand tools.

What causes tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow occurs due to repetitive stress of the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle. Though small, the ECRB muscle plays a crucial role in raising and extending your wrist.

Over the years, repetitive physical tasks cause your ECRB muscle to weaken and tear. These tears cause inflammation, resulting in swelling and pain. Anyone can experience tennis elbow, but several activities increase your risk, including tennis, golfing, and frequently using hand tools.

How is tennis elbow diagnosed?

To diagnose tennis elbow, Dr. Durant conducts a physical exam and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, their severity, and if any activities like playing sports make them worse. 

If Dr. Durant suspects your pain is due to a fracture or an underlying health problem like arthritis, he might also order X-rays or an MRI. 

How is tennis elbow treated?

When possible, Dr. Durant uses conservative measures of care to treat tennis elbow, including:

  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections

If your symptoms fail to improve or continue to worsen, surgical intervention might be necessary. Dr. Durant specializes in elbow arthroscopy. Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses small, specialized surgical instruments.

During elbow arthroscopy, Dr. Durant removes the diseased or damaged tissue and re-attaches healthy muscle to your elbow. Afterward, he removes the arthroscope, stitches up the incisions, wraps your elbow in a bandage, and provides care instructions.

To receive treatment for tennis elbow, make an appointment at C D Orthopedics, PC by calling the office or book your visit online today.