Tennis Elbow – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Fagelman, a Carrollton, TX based shoulder surgeon, specialize in the treatment of various orthopedic conditions. He has extensive experience in treating Tennis Elbow and helping patients perform routine activities without pain.

Tennis Elbow    

Tennis Elbow, also known as ‘Lateral Epicondylitis’ characteristically involves the lateral or the outer side of the elbow joint. The elbow joint is made up of humerus, radius and ulnar bones. The epicondyles are referred to the end part of the humerus and its outer part is specifically named as ‘Lateral epicondyle’. In addition, there are various muscles, tendons and ligaments that keep the joint in place. Injury to any of these structures can lead to Tennis Elbow. Any sport or activities that require excessive use of the elbow may cause the condition. It is most commonly seen in people in the age group of 30 to 50 years

Causes Of Tennis Elbow

  • Rubbing of muscles against epicondyle may lead to wear and tear
  • Elbow injury
  • Repetitive overhead movements of the arm

Symptoms Of Tennis Elbow

  • Pain at the outer part of the elbow, which may increase while trying to lift an object
  • Weak grip strength
  • Difficulty moving the elbow joint.
  • Tenderness
  • Inability to bend the elbow.
  • Stiffness of the forearm, particularly in the morning.

Diagnosis Of Tennis Elbow

  • The doctor may evaluate the patient’s medical history to analyze any previous elbow injury.
  • Physical examination of the symptoms experienced by the patient
  • Radiological imaging may include:
  • X-Ray may help to identify bone abnormalities and rule out other medical conditions like Arthritis.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan may be done to check for any soft tissue abnormality.
  • Electromyography (EMG) may be done if any nerve injury or compression is suspected. Nerve compression may also cause pain in the arm and elbow.

Treatment For Tennis Elbow

It is important to make the correct diagnosis and rule out the possibility of any correlated or underlying condition. Following treatment modalities may be recommended:

Nonsurgical Treatment

  • The patient may be advised to take rest and avoid any activities that aggravate pain.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed by the doctor to provide relief from pain and swelling.
  • Physiotherapy which may involve stretching the wrist while keeping the elbow extended
  • Counterforce brace- These may help to provide support to the elbow and muscles as well as prevent and strenuous movements.
  • Injectable steroids may be required in case of severe pain

Surgical Treatment

Surgery may be recommended in case the symptoms do not subside with conservative treatment methods. During the procedure, the surgeon may remove the damaged tendon and repair the remaining part to provide relief from pain.

For treatment of Tennis Elbow and other orthopedic conditions, visit Dr. Fagelman. To schedule an appointment with the shoulder surgeon in in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.