Tendonitis in the elbow, often referred to as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, refers to inflammation of the tendons that attach to the elbow. The motions required to play both sports place repeated stress on the tendons, sometimes causing pain and discomfort. Tennis elbow impacts the tendons that attach to the outside part of the elbow, while golfer’s elbow impacts the tendons that attach to the inner part of the elbow.
Tendonitis in the elbow doesn’t just occur among tennis players and golfers. In fact, there are many professions that have a tendency to cause this injury, including painters, plumbers, cooks, mechanics, and construction workers.
Symptoms typically begin gradually, with soreness or tenderness commonly being reported. Without rest or if the injury has progressed, the pain will naturally worsen over time. Some patients feel a burning sensation around the elbow. Others feel aches and express difficulty when trying to grasp or hold certain items. Symptoms are often felt when gripping a club or racquet, shaking hands, or even turning a wrench.
It is important to seek treatment before symptoms progress. If the injury goes untreated, the pain and discomfort will worsen and you will continue to struggle with everyday activities. If you’re feeling any of these symptoms and want to have them checked out by one of our physicians, call us at 352-556-4823 and we’ll help you schedule an appointment.
We often treat tennis and golfer’s elbow and the first step towards treatment is confirming the injury. We’ll ask you a series of questions that will help us evaluate any risk factors, including those related to your occupation and participation in sports.
Next we’ll assess your symptoms and examine your arm with several exercises. We may recommend an X-ray to look for arthritis of the elbow and any other possible conditions. If we determine your symptoms are being caused by tennis or golfer’s elbow, rest is the most important part of treatment. The injury will not heal without rest.
Rest is typically followed by physical therapy to strengthen the tendons and muscles around the elbow. Occasionally we prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine and even a brace to help during the healing process. If symptoms don’t improve or the injury keeps coming back, surgery may be considered. However, we make every effort to avoid surgery.
For more information, please contact us at 352-556-4823.
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