Roughly 3% of adults between the ages of 30 and 50 in the United States suffer from tennis elbow at some point. While this tendon injury is common for tennis players — hence the name — fewer than 5% of the reported cases are linked to tennis players. In fact, anyone can suffer from tennis elbow. With advanced diagnostic and treatment options available from George K. Myo, MD, and his team at Arizona State Orthopaedics in Chandler, Arizona, you can get relief from chronic elbow pain right away.
You have tendons that connect your muscles to your bones throughout your body, even in your elbow. When you continuously make repetitive motions with your arm, tendons and muscles near the end of your elbow can tear.
Sometimes tears form from an acute injury, too. With continued use, those tears keep getting worse and cause inflammation. It may even strain other soft tissues in your arm, making lifting and gripping very difficult.
Tennis elbow sufferers all report having one primary symptom: pain. Any pain associated with tennis elbow typically occurs on the outside of your elbow joint, over the bony part. This area might be tender when you touch it.
The pain you experience starts when you move your arm, lift something, or grip an item. With continued use without proper treatment, pain becomes chronic. Pain associated with tennis elbow can be in your:
You may also notice shooting or tingling sensations that run down your forearm when you have tennis elbow.
Once Dr. Myo diagnoses your case of tennis elbow, he can guide you through activities and modifications that help minimize strain on your elbow.
You might need to brace your elbow while playing tennis or performing any activities that stress that joint. Part of your recovery may also include:
Most men and women who have tennis elbow don't need surgery. Plenty of rest and continuous physical therapy usually help you get through the injury.
But if your tennis elbow is causing debilitating pain and isn't getting better after at least six months of treatments, Dr. Myo might recommend surgery after a careful examination. Surgery for tennis elbow involves trimming away any diseased or broken-down tendon tissue.
If your elbow is causing agonizing pain, it's time to schedule an appointment at Arizona State Orthopaedics. Book your visit by calling the office or using the online scheduling feature.