Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Lateral Epicondylitis, commonly known as Tennis Elbow, refers to a specific type of tendinitis affecting the lateral aspect (outside) of the elbow. There is an inflammation of the fibers that attach the forearm muscles to the elbow. Although the condition can be caused by playing tennis, it is more commonly the result of trauma, stress or overuse.

The most common symptom is pain on the outside of the elbow, at the lateral epicondyle. Examination reveals tenderness and swelling in the area. Pain is often increased with resisted extension of the wrist.

Treatment includes rest, modification of activities, anti-inflammatory medication, splint, tennis elbow support, therapy, and sometimes cortisone injection. Most often, tennis elbow will subside with non operative treatment. At Central Jersey Hand Surgery, we avoid operating until conservative treatment has been exhausted. If surgery is necessary, the inflammatory tissue is removed from the affected area. This can be performed on an outpatient basis.

 

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