Tennis Treatment in Kansas City, MO | Lateral Epicondylitis
Tennis elbow is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in the elbow are overloaded, usually caused by overuse by repetitive motions of the arm and wrist. Not only does this affect athletes, but many people who have jobs that mimic these motions also tend to have this injury come up.
Our Walk-In Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinics are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm. In addition, our NKC location is open on Saturday from 8 am – 12 pm.
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Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
The pain from tennis elbow is located where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the boney area of the outside of the elbow, and can also spread to the forearm and wrist. Pain and weakness can make it difficult to:
- Shake hands or grip an object
- Turn and doorknob
- Hold a cup
Treatment for Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is one of those injuries that may get better on its own. However, if the common RICE therapy method and over-the-counter pain medications do not help after some time, it may be time to look into more options.
Below are some more treatment options available for patients with tennis elbow:
- Physical therapy. A physical therapist can help teach you exercises to gradually stretch and strengthen the muscles, especially those of the forearm.
- Surgery. After six to twelve months of extensive, non-surgical, treatments that do not help get rid of or reduce the pain of tennis elbow, it may be time to consider surgery to remove damaged tissue.
- Injections. There are many different injection treatments available to help tennis elbow, including:
- Platelet-rich plasma
- Dry needling