Tennis Elbow

Joint Replacement

Tennis Elbow

Dr. Himanshu Gupta and his team have extensive experience treating Tennis elbow and other sports ailments. We have successfully treated numerous patients with it by providing comprehensive and tailored care.

What exactly is Tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is a sort of sports injury that is more common in persons who play tennis frequently, hence the name. The tendons in the elbow region are strained or injured, resulting in acute elbow pain. In most cases, it is caused by overuse of the elbow tendons as a result of repetitive movement of the forearm and wrists when playing sports. It is also evident in those who work in occupations that need them to do repetitive arm movements. People who are frequently influenced by Tennis elbow are: Tennis players, painters, plumbers, carpenters.

What are the Most Common Tennis Elbow Causes?

Tennis elbow is caused by injury to your arm's tendons, which connect your muscles to your elbow bone. It is a painful condition caused by repetitive arm and wrist movements that lead to inflammation of the tendons of the elbow. When muscles are flexed repeatedly, they experience constant strain. This causes a tearing or rupture of the forearm's connective tendons. Tennis elbow can be caused by the following activities: tennis, typing, painting, weight lifting, meat cutting, and knitting. Tennis elbow can also be caused by a recent elbow injury from a fall or an accident.

What are the signs and symptoms of Tennis elbow?

  • Pain and tenderness in and around your elbow.
  • Radiating pain towards upper and lower arm.
  • Swelling around the elbow.
  • Pain while holding and gripping objects.

What Are the Tennis Elbow Risk Factors?

Tennis elbow can occur at any age, but it is most frequent in people between the ages of 30 and 50.

Occupation: People who work with their arms repeatedly, such as painters, plumbers, and carpenters, are more likely to acquire Tennis elbow.

Sports: Participating in sports, particularly those involving repeated hand movements, such as tennis or badminton. Tennis Elbow can also be caused by improper use of sports equipment and improper athletic techniques.

How is tennis elbow diagnosed?

Your doctor can identify tennis elbow in its early stages by looking for symptoms and asking specific questions. The doctor will apply pressure to the problematic area during the physical examination and will ask you to move your arms, wrist, and fingers in various directions. Your physical examination and medical history will frequently be sufficient to diagnose tennis elbow. To see the injuries and rule out any additional conditions that might be present, your doctor might occasionally recommend additional diagnostic testing. The diagnostic tests suggested for tennis elbow include:

  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • MRIscan
  • CTscan

How is tennis elbow managed?

Tennis elbow is a mild condition that can be managed at home with self-care and arm rest. It's encouraged to see a doctor if self-care measures don't work. The doctor might advise one of the following therapies for you, depending on the degree of the injury:

Pain relief – Icing the elbow helps relieve pain and swelling.

Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) including ibuprofen and aspirin can aid with swelling and pain management.

Physical treatment and massage therapy_ doing certain exercises can help to alleviate elbow stiffness and promote flexibility.

Elbow bracing: Using an elbow strap will protect the tendons from further tension.

Tennis Elbow Surgery: If non-surgical treatment does not relieve your symptoms, orthopaedic surgery is recommended. Tennis elbow surgery removes the injured section of the tendon to relieve pain and allow you to move your elbow more freely. There are two types of operations used to treat Tennis elbow: open surgery and arthroscopic surgery. Click the link below to learn more about Tennis elbow surgery.

What Should You do Next?

Make an appointment with one of our specialists right now for prompt care. Make sure you are aware of the answers to the following questions before scheduling your appointment:

  • When did your symptoms start to show up?
  • Do you use any medications right now? If so, what kind are they?
  • Do you suffer from a nerve disorder?
  • Does your job frequently need you to move your arms?
  • Are you an athlete? What kind of sports do you play, if any?