Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is the most common overuse injury we treat in the elbow. While this condition can be caused by tennis and racket sports, most commonly it is due to other activities or repetitive motions at work or home.

Lateral epicondylitis occurs when the tendons that attach on the outside of the elbow become irritated and painful. The job of these tendons is to lift the wrist up and extend the fingers. Thus, with injury or overuse of these tendons even the simplest motions can become extremely painful.

Most patients with lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow, can be treated non-operatively with physical therapy, braces, anti-inflammatory medications, and/or injections. If these measures are unsuccessful operative treatment may be considered. The surgery used is a minimally invasive procedure in which the affected area of tendon is removed, allowing the tendon to heal.