Tennis elbow is marked by pain on the outer or lateral side of your elbow. This pain is increased when lifting with your palm facing down. In severe orthopedic cases, you will have difficulty when trying to lift a coffee cup due to the pain experienced. Numbness and tingling are not common sensations accompanying tennis elbow, but in many cases, the pain may radiate down into the forearm.
Tennis elbow is formally known as lateral epicondylitis and is a form of tendinopathy. In short it means that your tendon is starting to degenerate. This tendinopathy is common in tendons around the shoulder, knee, ankle and elbow.
Most patients suffering from tennis elbow will respond to heat and stretching exercises. A Flex Bar may also be used to great effect along with other “eccentric stretching” exercises.
Physical therapy can be effective in most cases. If pain persists, some physicians will advise a PRP injection. Surgery for tennis elbow is rarely necessary, but it is useful and successful in most if the pain fails to improve with anything else.
If you are suffering from tennis elbow or if your pain persists, contact our orthopedic specialists at our Joplin, MO office today. We’ll work with you on the diagnosis and treatment plan in order to return you to optimal health as soon as possible.