At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Waldorf, MD, we can help you address Tennis Elbow with a variety of treatment choices that have proved successful with our patients.
The tendons in your elbow can get overworked - usually by repetitive motion using your arm and wrist – resulting in the painful joint condition commonly known as “tennis elbow.” Of course, tennis players aren't the only ones who can develop Tennis Elbow. Learn more about Tennis Elbow and the best treatment options by reaching out to our Waldorf MD location.
Tennis Elbow is caused by several different types of activities – usually sports, work, and everyday life – that involve repetitive movement, including:
These repetitive motions can put stress on your tendons and strain muscles, and over time, may lead to microscopic tears in tissue.
Sudden arm or elbow injury can also sometimes cause Tennis Elbow. Even more rarely, people can develop the condition for no known reason, which is diagnosed as Idiopathic Tennis Elbow.
Pain is the most common symptom. The pain of Tennis Elbow tends to occur where the tendons in your forearm muscles meet the outside of your elbow. It can spread from that bony knob into your forearm and wrist. People can not only experience weakness or pain while engaging in sports or work-related activities, but also activities as simple as lifting a cup of tea, shaking someone’s hand, or turning a doorknob.
Elbow function is involved in so much of our daily function, and there are a wide range of symptoms that could signal the development of the Tennis Elbow. While pain and weakness are the two primary symptoms, other symptoms may include:
Our first step is to take a medical history, which will include questions about any activities that may have led to your condition. We then perform a physical exam to check for pain, swelling, or stiffness in your elbow joint. Ultrasound is our preferred imaging test for diagnosis, 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 activity modification, physical therapy, and exercises to improve body awareness and mechanics. We also utilize Dry Needling and Trigger Point Injections when necessary. If these methods do not help, we may try other methods, like PRP.
At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Waldorf MD, we prioritize our patients’ preferences. Many of our treatment methods have an excellent track record and have brought impressive results for our patients in the Alexandria VA area. The choice is yours. We see athletes who want the problem solved immediately, and we move right into the more in-depth techniques like PRP – aiming for fast results. Other patients who are in less of a hurry to fast-track treatment can take treatment steps one at a time to see what works.
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.
At the Center for Sports and Regenerative Orthopedics in Waldorf, MD, our goal is to help you get back in the game of life.
If you are ready to get back to the life you love, take the next step towards diagnosing and addressing your condition, call (240) 754-7954 or contact us online to set up a consultation with our Tennis Elbow specialists!