Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylosis)
- Pain or burning on outer part of elbow
- Weak grip strength
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylosis, is injury of your tendons where the forearm muscles join the outer part of your elbow. Long-term injury to your tendons, or chronic tendinopathy, is a condition of a tendon injury at a cellular level that does not heal and remains painful despite rest. Tennis elbow is one of the most common chronic tendinopathies. This condition typically occurs in people that use their forearm muscles in the same repetitive motions again and again. Although this condition is named tennis elbow, many non-racquet sports related actions could cause pain on the outer elbow. Professionals such as painters, autoworkers, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, and butchers often suffer from this condition.
About 90% of patients with tennis elbow improve with conservative treatment such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, rest, elbow straps, physical therapy, PRP injections and steroid injections. While steroid injections frequently help alleviate acute pain associated with tennis elbow, newer literature suggests that it may actually be harmful to the tendon itself. Patients who do not respond to conservative treatment may be candidates for surgery.
Open Surgical Treatment
During the open surgical procedure, the surgeon removes the diseased muscle and either repairs the tendon or reattaches the healthy muscle back to the bone with an anchor.