Lateral epicondylitis, known by its more familiar name, tennis elbow, is a painful condition of the forearm muscles and tendons. You don’t have to be a pro on the court to develop tennis elbow. Tennis elbow typically occurs in people ages 30 to 50.
Tennis elbow is swelling of the tendons that bend your wrist backward away from the palm. Tennis elbow, as the name implies, is sometimes caused by excessive strain on the forearm muscles, which connect to the outside of the elbow. Improper form, weak shoulder or wrist muscles, and using a racket that is too short all can contribute to tennis elbow.
Though tennis elbow is common among racket-sport athletes, it can happen to other people as well. Repetitive activities that cause strain on the muscles and tendons of the forearms can cause tennis elbow. Those activities include painting with a brush or roller, operating a chainsaw, frequent use of hand tools or repeated occupational hand motions such as those of meat cutters, musicians or dentists.
Experiencing an elbow, hand or wrist injury can keep you from performing the best at your sport — or even completing daily tasks. The specialists at Norton Louisville Arm & Hand can help you recover. Our providers have advanced training to recommend and provide a broad range of treatment. Many ailments can be treated with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medicine. Surgery for tennis elbow is rare, but if you need arm or hand surgery, the specialists at Norton Louisville Arm & Hand have the expertise and skill to help you return to your sport and activity level.
Tennis elbow develops gradually and does not usually occur with a specific injury. Tennis elbow is the result of overuse, repetitive motion or incorrect form when performing specific activities such as holding a racket.
Symptoms of tennis elbow include:
Most people can get rid of tennis elbow without surgery. Those treatments include:
Our arm and hand specialists have offices in downtown Louisville, St. Matthews and on the Norton Brownsboro Hospital campus. As a leader in orthopedic care in Louisville, we have a full range of options to tailor treatment to your lifestyle and condition.
If you need arm or hand surgery, the specialists at Norton Louisville Arm & Hand have the expertise and skill to get you moving again.
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