Tennis Elbow Doctor in Westchester County
What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that affects the tendons that run along the back of your forearm and attach to the side of your elbow. The condition causes pain in the elbow with overuse of the tendons. While the name suggests that it only occurs in tennis players, lateral epicondylitis can affect anyone who uses their forearms and wrists excessively. At Specialty Orthopaedics, we treat patients from every walk of life who are suffering from tennis elbow. We have the experience and training to address your condition using traditional, conservative options as well as innovative procedures when necessary.
What causes tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow occurs when the tendons in your forearm are overused, which creates microscopic tears where they are anchored at the elbow. This most commonly occurs when you do one of the following activities repetitively:
- Racquet sports, such as tennis or racquetball
- Construction work using tools like power drills or hammers
- Typing excessively
- Work that includes twisting or gripping, common in dentists, carpenters, or plumbers
What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
Contact our orthopedic practice in New York if you experience any of the below tennis elbow symptoms:
- Elbow pain
- Elbow tenderness
- Pain that radiates from the wrist through the forearm and elbow
- Weakened grip
- Inability to participate in regular activities due to elbow pain
How is tennis elbow diagnosed?
We have extensive experience dealing with tennis elbow and all other forms of tendonitis at Specialty Orthopaedics in New York. Our physicians can usually make an accurate diagnosis of your elbow condition after discussing your symptoms with you, going over your medical history, and assessing the affected area with a physical examination.
How is tennis elbow treated?
In most cases, tennis elbow will heal with conservative treatment. Some of the non-invasive treatment options for tennis elbow include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Elbow brace
- Cortisone injections
- PRP therapy
Surgical treatment of tennis elbow is rarely needed, however, if your symptoms persist after six months to a year, our orthopedic surgeons may recommend tennis elbow surgery. During this procedure, we use minimally-invasive techniques to repair the damaged tendon.
If you are experiencing symptoms of tennis elbow, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice is home to a team of fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of specialty areas. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a caring and responsive clinical atmosphere. Give us a call at 914.686.0111 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment today.