The term “tennis elbow” refers to inflammation in the lateral epicondylitis, the tendon that connects muscles in the outer forearm to bone in the elbow. This inflammation can cause tenderness and a chronic aching pain near the elbow. Many activities that involve repetitive motions of the arm can cause tennis elbow, including sports, painting, carpentry and playing certain musical instruments.
A diagnosis of tennis elbow will typically be made based on a physical examination. Your doctor may ask you to straighten your wrist while applying pressure to see if that causes pain, which is a symptom of tennis elbow. In some cases, an MRI scan will be used to make a diagnosis.
Minor treatments are typically required to provide relief from tennis elbow. Based on your evaluation, your doctor may recommend:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- An arm brace
- Icing the arm
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
Active individuals in the Tampa Bay community can see Dr. Ira Guttentag at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine to find relief from tennis elbow. Dr. Guttentag is an orthopaedic physician and surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He treats athletes of all levels, ranging from individuals who play recreational sports on the weekend to professional athletes. Dr. Guttentag serves as the head physician and medical director for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Guttentag.