If you play tennis, you may be at greater risk for tendon inflammation, a condition known as tennis elbow. When persistent elbow pain interferes with your activities, you can find solutions at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain. The pain management specialists offer on-site X-rays and other diagnostic testing to confirm tennis elbow. They provide nonsurgical treatments, including medications and steroid injections, to relieve inflammation and restore your range of motion. Call the office in Newark or Milford, Delaware, to schedule a tennis elbow consultation, or book an appointment online today.
Tennis elbow describes the swelling of the tendons that help your wrist bend backwards and away from your palm. Tendons are tough, fibrous cords that connect muscle tissue to bone.
Swelling of your tendons develops from certain repetitive activities, such as hitting tennis balls with a backhand. This type of movement can stretch the tendons surrounding your elbow, causing inflammation and pain.
Your risk for this type of injury increases if you have weak muscles in your shoulder and wrist. In addition to tennis, other frequent activities that can trigger tennis elbow symptoms include playing an instrument, using hand tools, and operating a chainsaw.
If you golf, you may develop inflammation in the tendons in the inner part of your elbow, a condition known as golfer’s elbow.
The early signs of tennis elbow include burning sensations or pain along the outside of your forearm and elbow. Over time, this pain can worsen and spread into your wrist and shoulder.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain for tennis elbow if your symptoms occur even when you’re at rest or if they interfere with physical activity.
The providers perform a physical exam to assess the range of motion you have in your elbow. They may also order an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate your tendons. In some cases, an electromyography (EMG) test is necessary to rule out nerve damage in your elbow joint.
Based on the results of your test, the pain management specialists create a treatment plan to relieve your pain and restore your elbow’s range of motion.
Your initial treatment for tennis elbow may involve plenty of rest and a reduction in activities, especially those that contribute to elbow pain.
If you need additional treatment for tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, you may benefit from:
The providers also recommend warm-up exercises you can do before tennis, golf, and other sports that involve your elbow joint.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of tennis elbow, call the Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.