Tennis elbow, known in the medical profession as lateral epicondylitis, is an injury to the tendons and muscles on the outer (or lateral) part of the elbow. It produces inflammation, soreness or burning pain near the elbow. If left untreated, the pain may spread down the arm to the wrist, making the simplest maneuvers of the hand uncomfortable.
While many tennis players suffer from this condition at least once in their career, tennis elbow most frequently affects those who aren’t athletes. Because the injury results from overuse, any job or activity that works the same forearm muscles repetitively can cause tennis elbow, such as painting, plumbing, meat cutting or gardening. Symptoms include:
• Outer elbow pain that gradually worsens, spreading to the forearm and hand
• Weakness and difficulty grasping
• Pain worsens with squeezing, grasping or twisting of the arm
• May increase in the evening and result in morning stiffness or tightness
• Restricted movement
A simple physical examination by a Florida orthopaedics specialist can determine whether a patient suffers from tennis elbow. In a large majority of cases, the injury can be treated with nonsurgical means including rest, ice packs, over-the-counter pain medication, braces and splints, and physical therapy. The physicians at Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine specialize in elbow, hand, wrist and forearm issues. Feel free to contact us at (954) 400-5544 to schedule a consultation with one of Broward County’s leading orthopedic specialists.