Tennis Elbow

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Despite its name, you can still get tennis elbow even if youve never been near a tennis court. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses tennis elbow.

Dr. Hill:

Tennis elbow is an injury to a tendon in your elbow called the lateral epicondyle. This tendon helps you move your wrist and fingers. If you use it too much, you can tear the tendon.

A common symptom is pain when you grip something. Most people with tennis elbow dont have swelling, bruising or numbness.

Tennis elbow can be caused by using your arm the same way over and over. This can happen when you paint, use a hammer or play racquet sports or golf. Doing an activity incorrectly can also cause tennis elbow.

Medicine, an elbow brace or physical therapy can help with pain, but it may take weeks or months for the pain to go away completely. Some patients with tennis elbow need surgery.

To lower the chances of getting tennis elbow, try to cut down on activities that cause it, and make sure you are doing these activities correctly. Do exercises to stretch and strengthen your arms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.