At Metairie Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we see many active people affected by tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis. This overuse injury can be frustrating, but the good news is there are effective treatments to get you back to the activities you love.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is a common condition that causes pain on the outside of the elbow. It occurs when the tendons that connect your forearm muscles to your elbow joint become inflamed due to repetitive motions. While tennis players are susceptible, anyone who repeatedly stresses their wrists and forearms can develop this condition. This includes people who:

  • Work in manual labor professions
  • Use tools that require forceful gripping or wrist movements
  • Participate in racquet sports

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

  • Pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow, especially when gripping or lifting objects
  • Weakness in the wrist and forearm
  • Aching or burning sensation around the elbow

Treatment Options for Tennis Elbow

At Metairie Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we offer a comprehensive approach to treating tennis elbow. Our treatment plan may include:

  • Rest and Activity Modification: Reducing the activities that aggravate your symptoms is crucial for healing.
  • Anti-inflammatory Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage pain and inflammation.
  • Ice Therapy: Applying ice packs to the affected area can reduce pain and swelling.
  • Cortisone Injection: Injections can provide targeted pain relief in some cases.
  • Elbow Brace: Wearing a brace can help support the elbow joint and reduce strain on the tendons.
  • Physical Therapy and Exercises: Strengthening exercises and stretches can improve flexibility and promote healing.
  • Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be recommended to repair damaged tendons.

Don’t Wait to Seek Help

We encourage those experiencing elbow pain, especially when gripping or lifting objects, not to wait to seek professional medical advice. Early diagnosis and treatment of tennis elbow can help promote faster healing and prevent further complications.

Contact Metairie Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today to schedule an appointment with our elbow specialists. We’ll get you back on track to pain-free movement! (504) 541-5800.