Epicondylitis Specialist in New Jersey
The elbow joint is one of the most actively used joints in the body. As we go about our daily activities, constant strain and stress is placed on the elbow. These strains are amplified when we participate in sports that involve a persistently strong grip, such as tennis or racquetball, as well as in professions that require repetitive motions in which the muscles in the hands and forearms are constantly in use, such as carpentry or painting. Lateral Epicondylitis, or tennis elbow as it is more commonly referred to, is a painful condition of the elbow that is caused by overuse. The tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outer side of the elbow become inflamed and damaged due to overuse, and can cause pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. The expert team at NJOI has treated numerous cases of epicondylitis and helped these patients get back on the court to enjoy the activities they love, pain free.
Epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, develops over time as the patient participates in activities that require constant strong grips and use of the forearm muscles. An activity like gripping a racket during a swing or swinging a hammer at a nail can strain the muscles and put too much stress on the tendons. The overuse of these muscles can eventually develop into small, microscopic tears in the muscle’s tissue. Tennis elbow is a common injury that NJOI sees in patients who participate in racquet sports like tennis, squash, and racquetball. Other sports, like fencing and weightlifting, can also cause epicondylitis in participants. Epicondylitis isn’t only limited to sports, many professions require certain activities that can have the same effect has a sporting injury. Fields such as carpentry, landscaping, painting, typing, and knitting can put those who work in the field at risk due to the repetitive arm movements and gripping that the jobs require.
Tennis elbow’s symptoms are quite easy to pick out. A pain and tenderness will develop in the bony knob located on the outside of your elbow. This knob is the location where the affected tendons connect to the bone, but the pain may radiate into the upper or lower arm. Activities like lifting a heavy object, opening a door, making a fist, and raising your hand may prove to be painful if epicondylitis has developed.
Epicondylitis is a condition that will usually heal without the need for surgery. The first line of treatment that NJOI will recommend is a lengthy break from the activity that has caused the tennis elbow to develop. During the rest period, certain range of motion exercises paired with physical therapy strengthening and stretching routines will reduce stiffness in the elbow and improve flexibility of the joint. An ice regiment and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories can be used to help reduce the pain and pressure in the elbow, and in severe cases a steroidal injection may be administered to temporarily provide relief. In the event that the epicondylitis does not response positively to a conservative treatment, a surgical procedure to remove the damaged section of the tendon and repair the remaining portions can be performed. Surgical correction of epicondylitis has a success rate of nearly 90%.
Don’t let that nagging elbow pain prevent you from enjoying the activities that you’ve loved all your life. NJOI’s team of experienced orthopedists can help you get on a proper treatment plan that will have you back in the court, or on the job, in no time! NJOI has 6 locations throughout North and Central New Jersey. Our practice has offices in Morristown, Clifton, Wayne, Bridgewater, and Butler. Call us at 973-273-3431 to schedule an appointment at any of our 6 locations.
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Meet The Team
Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.
Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.
Anthony Festa, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.
Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.
Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.
Robert M. Palacios, M.D.
SPORTS MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.
Craig Wright, M.D.
ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA SURGEON
Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.
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