Popping Up in Spring: Tennis Elbow
As the weather heats up, so do our activities. Unfortunately,
muscles that have been dormant during the winter months can be
prone to injury. We often see arm injuries as golf, tennis and softball get into
full swing. One of the most common is tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow is
an inflammation of the tendon tissue as it attaches on the side of
the elbow. (If you are seated and turn your hand palm up, it's the
same side your thumb is on.) This tendon is attached to the muscles
that straighten your fingers and extend your wrist.
Many times tennis elbow is brought on from overuse, and relative rest from aggravating
activities will allow this to heal. A very helpful tip: Carry
things with your palm facing up, this will engage the other side of
your forearm and allow the painful part of the elbow to rest.
If the pain is persistent for longer than two to three weeks, you may
benefit from meeting with a sports medicine doctor who can make
sure there isn't something else going on, and may be able to
direct you to further treatment options, including bracing,
medication, physical therapy, injection therapy and, rarely, surgery.
You and your doctor can discuss which treatment would be best for
Treatments we offer for tennis elbow at McConnell Spine, Sport & Joint Physicians:
Our physicians at the Spine, Sport & Joint Center are experts
in the diagnosis and treatment of tennis elbow, golfer's elbow,
snowboarder's ankle, rowers shoulder and any other injury you can
think of. They can help you get through this injury and get back to
enjoying the warmer weather. Contact us at (614) 566.3810, Your Experts for Non-Surgical Orthopedics and