What is Tennis Elbow?


My name is Chris Miskovsky, I’m an orthopedic surgeon at Texas Orthopedic Associates.
I specialize in hand, wrist and elbow surgery.
Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow is
characterized by pain on the outside of the
elbow which often radiates down to the forearm and this pain can be quite debilitating.
I have patients who come in and say they can’t move their arm.They have trouble lifting
or trouble gripping, trouble doing their activities of daily living.
Often times people who travel a lot will notice that when they lift their bag and put it up
in the overhead bin they have pain when they do that.
Most people interestingly who get tennis elbow, don’t play tennis.
Often times they play golf or some other athletic activity such as yoga or lifting weights and
general work out activities.
The treatment initially for that is a splint
down to the level of the wrist in order to
stop you from using the muscles that insert up on the elbow, anti-inflammatory medication
such as Advil and Aleve, and occasionally
we will perform an injection into the area
around the lateral epicondyle to decrease
the inflammation and decrease the pain in
that area.
Sometimes medicated creams can be helpful to massage into this area and stretching exercises
and occasionally therapy can be utilized.
Very rarely in patients that have gone through all of that treatment and have been treated for
several months with non-operative care and end up needing to have something surgical
performed, we can perform surgical treatment for lateral epicondylitis as well.
Hi, Chris Miskovsky, hand surgeon, Texas Orthopedic Associates.
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