Lateral Epicondylitis Causes and Treatment in New Jersey

What is Tennis Elbow?

Lateral Epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is damage to the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to the elbow. This damage may cause pain that spreads down the arm and wrist, causing increased pain while playing sports or during more simple everyday activities that require a repetitive twisting motion of the arm.

Cause of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is caused by overuse of the tendons. This overuse is common amongst athletes who practice the same moves over and over again. Over time, the athlete’s tendons will sustain tiny tears each time the motion is practiced. Eventually, the pain of those small tears will build up – making it difficult to complete the motion without pain or discomfort. While tennis players experience Lateral Epicondylitis at higher rates than other athletes, anyone who frequently twists their arm in a repetitive motion can experience tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is common amongst avid gardeners and painters.

Diagnosis of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is diagnosed by a medical professional, although it does not usually require any imaging to confirm diagnosis. A medical professional will be able to determine if the pain you are experiencing can be attributed to tennis elbow or a different injury or health concern.

Sports Medicine Treatment for Tennis Elbow

Treatment typically involves resting the arm and avoiding any motion that causes pain. Your orthopedist may also recommend icing the area when pain is experienced. A brace may be necessary depending on the severity of your specific injury. Arthroscopic tennis elbow surgery may also be effective in refractory cases, and performed in a minimally invasive fashion in order to return the patient to work and sports as quickly as possible.

Additionally, the use of biologics in the treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis has become increasingly more common due to continuing research of their healing properties. Platelet-rich plasma, patches and stem cells are among the biologics that are being investigated and have varying levels of success in augmenting surgical or non-surgical methods. The treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis with biologics may eventually be a promising non-surgical alternative for patients.

Once the tendons begin healing, it is important to begin working with a sports medicine specialist. The sports medicine specialists at NJOI can prescribe specific exercises to help strengthen the tendons and muscles of the arm to ensure you can get back to your athletic and everyday activities stronger than before.

Schedule Your Appointment at NJOI

If you are experiencing pain in the arm or elbow, then request an appointment at NJOI. With muscle and tendon pain, it is important to begin treatment early on to avoid further damage. Our sports medicine specialists are trained and experienced in treating Lateral Epicondylitis. Visit one of our four locations in New Jersey today to learn more and get the help you need.

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