Tennis elbow happens when there is inflammation in the cord-like structures (ligaments) that hold the bones and muscles of your elbow together. You may experience pain, soreness and muscle weakness that make it difficult to go about your regular activities.
Tennis elbow affects nearly 5 in 10 people who play tennis and other racquet sports. But this painful condition is not limited to athletes. Anyone participating in activities with repetitive forearm motions – including plumbers and gardeners – is at risk for tennis elbow. The good news is that if you’re in pain from tennis elbow, we can help you feel better.
Our team includes sports medicine doctors, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists who are experienced in helping people overcome tennis elbow. Even if your symptoms are brand new, our expertise helps us rule out other conditions and make an accurate diagnosis.
We offer an array of nonsurgical treatments, including physical therapy and injections, to help you find relief. And for symptoms that just won’t quit, we also deliver exceptional surgical care.
Our orthopedic and sports medicine experts recognize how frustrating it can be when an injury like tennis elbow holds you back. At Aurora Health Care, we work hard to make sure you don’t have to wait to feel better. In fact, most people are able to get an appointment for a free injury evaluation within one business day. Find out more: Get sports health care.
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With tennis elbow, too much activity and not enough rest can lead to tissue damage, which weakens the tendons. It’s important to seek medical care at the first signs of tennis elbow because symptoms often get worse over time. Even if you’re experiencing mild discomfort, our experts offer an accurate diagnosis so you can start treatment right away.
Watch out for symptoms that include:
Members of our sports medicine team perform a detailed exam to assure an accurate diagnosis.
During your exam, we:
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Many people with tennis elbow start to feel better after resting the affected arm. Over-the-counter pain medications and a special forearm brace may also help you stay comfortable while you recover.
You may need a ready-to-use or a specially made (custom or semi-custom) brace. Our team can not only help you get the device you need, but make sure it fits correctly, too.
Additional treatments for tennis elbow may include: