Treatments for Tennis Elbow
When you have tennis elbow, the tendons that bend your wrist backward are severely swollen. Treating tennis elbow begins with a focus on restoration and prevention of recurrence. Your care team is specially trained in treating tennis elbow. We are experienced in all available treatments and knowing when each is the right choice. Once under way, as pain and activity levels improve, we’ll adjust your treatment plan.
We share your goal of getting you back to activities you enjoy as soon as possible. What's key is working together. Read through some treatment options below. Ask us questions; we'll guide you.
Treatments We Provide
Corticosteroid Joint Injection
Corticosteroids (such as prednisone) are a common form of steroid injection. Your doctor may use a combination of drugs for the injection. Some injections are a one-time treatment, others are given in a series over a few weeks. Pain relief can last weeks to months, depending on the condition and severity.
By taking a series of images using magnetic resonance imaging (or a simple X-ray in some cases), your orthopedic doctor can see the exact location and the extent of any damage.
To stabilize your elbow, your doctor may require you to use a splint, sling or brace. This helps keep it still so it can heal, and limits the pain that comes with moving.
Outpatient rehabilitation services are offered in a variety of settings and locations to ensure you receive the best treatment options available. Conditions we treat range from sports-related injuries and post-surgical conditions to general sprains and strains from everyday living.
A physical therapist can teach you special exercises that strengthen nearby muscles and ease stress on connecting tendons and ligaments.
Tennis Elbow Surgery
There are different approaches to surgery. Most likely your doctor will remove damaged tissue from the tendon. It can be done as open surgery or as a minimally invasive procedure with an anthroscope. Surgery is done in rare, difficult-to-treat cases.