Tennis Elbow Specialist
You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from tennis elbow, because any repetitive motions involving the arm, elbow, and wrist can lead to this type of painful inflammation. At One Oak Medical, Dr. Faisal Mahmood, Dr. Debra Ibrahim, and Dr. Ahmad Badri offer on-site orthopedic care and rehabilitation services to treat various tendonitis issues at all of their locations. For relief from your elbow pain, call or schedule an appointment online at one of the offices in Wayne, Paramus, Point Pleasant, or Middletown, New Jersey, or in Staten Island, New York.
Tennis Elbow Q & A
What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is a form of tendinitis, a condition that occurs when tendons become inflamed or irritated. Your tendons are the thick fibrous cords of tissue that attach your muscle to your bone.
When you have tennis elbow, you typically have pain on the outside of your elbow. It’s most common for discomfort to occur where your forearm tendons attach to your elbow joint, but it can also spread through your forearm into your wrist.
Besides pain, tennis elbow can lead to weaknesses that make it difficult to hold things or turn doorknobs. This weakness can affect your ability to grip objects and even cause problems with shaking hands.
What causes tennis elbow?
Repetitive strain causes tennis elbow. This injury is due to the repeated contractions of the muscles in your forearm used to straighten and raise your hand and wrist. When this action happens repeatedly, tiny tears can develop in your tendons where they attach to the outside of your elbow.
While playing tennis can cause of tennis elbow, other activities with repetitive arm motions that can lead to the condition include:
You can also develop tennis elbow through repetitive use of a computer mouse.
In severe cases of tennis elbow, your tendon can rupture and require surgical treatment to remove damaged tissue and repair your injury.
How is tennis elbow treated?
At One Oak Medical, Dr. Mahmood, Dr. Ibrahim, and Dr. Badri offer specialized treatment options for tendonitis injuries like tennis elbow.
Dr. Mahmood is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who focuses on treating issues with targeted therapy and conservative modalities whenever possible. Dr. Ibrahim is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, specializing in sports medicine, degenerative conditions, such as arthritis, and all aspects of musculoskeletal medicine. Dr. Ahmad Badri is a board-certified surgeon with experience in treating sports-related injuries.
During your appointment, your physician performs a physical evaluation of your affected arm. They might also request digital X-rays to evaluate the state of the bones, joints, and soft tissues in the area.
Based on your diagnosis, your doctor may recommend various treatments, such as:
- Rest or bracing
- Steroid injections
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy to stretch and strengthen your affected muscles
- Regenerative therapies like platelet-rich plasma therapy or prolotherapy
If your injury doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, your doctor might recommend surgical repair.
To relieve your tennis elbow pain and weakness, call One Oak Medical or schedule an appointment online today.