Regardless if it’s from playing tennis or using a screwdriver, tennis elbow can make even the smallest things, like holding a pen, feel like a challenge. At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Thomas Baylis and his highly-trained team can treat your tennis elbow symptoms and work to eliminate the pain associated with the condition. If you live in or near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and are looking for a solution to your tennis elbow, contact Dr. Baylis today. Call the office to schedule your initial consultation or book online now.
Tennis elbow, technically called lateral epicondylitis, is caused when the tendons in your arm and elbow become inflamed due to repetitive movements in the arm and wrist. It’s a form of tendonitis caused by overuse. It leads to small tears forming in your tendons, causing inflammation and pain.
Tennis elbow is common among athletes and those in certain professions, including painters, plumbers, and butchers.
The primary symptom of tennis elbow is pain where the tendon attaches to your elbow. This manifests on the outside of your arm where your elbow bump protrudes. Pain may radiate to the forearm or wrist.
Tennis elbow often starts as an occasional dull ache and can progress to chronic pain that makes your elbow tender to touch. Due to this pain, you may struggle to grip an object, open a door, or hold a cup.
You may notice that your elbow is often stiff, especially in the morning.
In minor cases, Dr. Baylis recommends resting the elbow and avoiding activities that make it worse. Over-the-counter pain relievers can manage any discomfort and reduce inflammation in the tendon.
He may also recommend physical therapy and exercises that focus on stretching and strengthening the forearms. He may discuss wearing a brace for a brief period of time.
In more severe cases, Dr. Baylis may suggest more invasive procedures. He may administer corticosteroid injections into your elbow or use dry needling to break up abrasion in your tendon.
If you’ve treated your tennis elbow for six months to a year and haven’t experienced significant improvement, he may recommend surgery to remove damaged tissue. This decreases your pain and makes movement easier. Surgery is typically an arthroscopic procedure and done on an outpatient basis.
When you have pain on the outside of your elbow that doesn’t want to go away, contact Dr. Baylis’s team of specialists. Call the office to schedule or book your appointment online now.