At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Alexandria, VA, we can help you address Tennis Elbow pain and bring back your swing – or simply restore your daily function - with an array of treatment modalities that have been successfully utilized with our patients.
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Tennis elbow is a painful joint condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overworked, usually through repetitive motions using your wrist and arm – hence the “tennis elbow” term for the condition. Despite its name, tennis players aren't the only ones who develop Tennis Elbow.
Repetitive motions that require pushing or pulling with force or load, like push-ups, bench press, lifting heavy groceries, or even cleaning with poor form -- can strain your muscles and put stress on your tendons. Over time, that repetitive movement can eventually cause microscopic tears in the tissue.
Tennis Elbow can result from a wide variety of causes, including:
A sudden arm or elbow injury can also cause Tennis Elbow. On occasion, people can develop the condition for no known reason, which is referred to as Idiopathic Tennis Elbow.
Pain and weakness are the two primary symptoms.
Tennis Elbow pain tends to occur where the tendons in your forearm muscles attach to the outside of your elbow, and it can spread from that bony knob into your forearm and wrist.
People can not only experience pain or weakness while engaging in sports or work-related activities, but also from simple movements like turning a doorknob, shaking hands or when they attempt to grip or hold an object, even something as light as a coffee cup.
Elbow function is involved in a myriad of daily activities, and there are a wide range of symptoms that could signal the development of Tennis Elbow, including:
With Tennis Elbow, it is common for some of these symptoms to worsen at night.
We will perform a physical exam to check for pain, swelling or stiffness in your elbow joint and will take a medical history, including questions about any activities that may have led to your condition.
For a proper diagnosis, we use ultrasound at the time of the visit to visualize the region and assess muscle and tendon damage.
Ultrasound is our preferred imaging test and having it done the same day as your first visit helps us start your treatment plan immediately.
After the ultrasound exam, we typically offer physical therapy, exercises to improve body mechanics, Dry Needling and Trigger Point Injections if necessary. If these methods do not help, we may try other methods, like PRP.
At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Alexandria, VA, we prioritize our patients’ preferences. Oftentimes, we see athletes who want immediate relief. In those cases, we move right into the more in-depth techniques like PRP – aiming for fast results.
Other patients who prefer more conservative methods and are in less of a hurry to fast-track treatment, can take treatment steps one at a time to see what works.
Many of our treatment methods have an excellent track record and have brought impressive results for our patients in the Alexandria, VA area.
For more questions about our array of treatment methods, speak with our experts today to see which might be the best treatment option for you. Call (240) 754-7954.
What would it be like to see increased function again and relieve debilitating pain and weakness from Tennis Elbow? Let our team of experts at the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics help you achieve your healing goals and put you back in the swing of things!