What is tennis elbow?
Commonly known as tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis is a condition of the common extensor tendon that is anchored to the lateral epicondyle, a bony prominence on the humerus (upper arm bone). The stresses from tennis and other racket sports can damage this tendon. However, this condition affects more non-tennis players related to repetitive use, weight-lifting, and laborers. When this tendon is repetitively exposed to these forces without healing properly can lead to pain on the lateral (outside) elbow. The weakened grip from this tendon damage can make it difficult to perform daily activities such as holding a cup of coffee or turning a doorknob.
What is the treatment for tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis?
Patients with confirmed tennis elbow generally respond well to non-operative therapies alone. There are several non-invasive treatment options available based on the patient’s specific injury. However, patients with persistent and severe pain or those who do not respond to initial non-operative therapies may require surgical intervention. The goal of surgically repairing tennis elbow is to decrease the tendon irritation caused by repetitive forearm use. Dr. Ronak Mukesh Patel, orthopedic elbow doctor, treats patients in Sugar Land, Pearland, and the Houston, Texas area, who have experienced Tennis Elbow and are in need of surgical repair.