365 Spotswood Englishtown Rd, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Profiled condition: Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
This is a degeneration and inflammation of the tendons that attach to the outside of the elbow. It occurs with repetitive use of the elbow. The strength and flexibility of your muscles and tendons are unable to withstand the work you are giving them. The work you give them may be light, as it is in typing, but you may be typing for hours on end and this overloads the muscles and tendons beyond their capacity.
You can also get this injury from a very heavy one time strain. For example say you are getting off an airplane. Your right hand is full, so pull your luggage down from the overhead baggage compartment with only your left hand. As soon as the luggage makes it over the edge of the rack a tremendous strain goes on your left elbow tendons. This may be all it takes to get tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow is so named because tennis players get this problem from the back hand stroke but it is much more common in people that use their hands and arms repetitively.
If the tendons on the inside of the elbow are injured this is called Medial Tennis Elbow or Golfer's Elbow. Generally speaking the same therapies described here for Lateral Tennis Elbow are also used for Medial Tennis Elbow with some variations.
You have pain at the lateral side of the elbow. Sometimes the pain extends upwards al few inches above the elbow and it may also extend down into the forearm towards the wrist. The pain is worse with repetitive movements of the elbow. You may also lose grip strength.
Long standing cases of Tennis elbow are a risk for a complicating condition in which the nerves at the elbow get pinched. This may result in numbness and tingling in the forearm and hand and weakness in the hand.
Tennis elbow is easily diagnosed by asking you questions (history taking) and with a physical examination of the painful area.
We perform range of motion and orthopedic tests during this examination. There are specific orthopedic tests called tennis elbow tests that we do.
In certain cases we may take x-rays to rule out any problems in the nearby joints.
We may also order an MRI to rule out a more severe muscle tear or a nerve or joint injury
If you would like to receive a free telephone consultation from Dr. Schwartz about Tennis Elbow elbow please call us at (732) 698-7151.
Dr. Schwartz has been treating patients from East Brunswick, Old Bridge, Spotswood and Monroe Township for the past 14 years.