TENNIS ELBOW (lateral epicondylitis)
What is tennis elbow?
Why does it occur?
What are the symptoms?
How is it diagnosed?
How is it is treated?
A forearm strap (counterforce brace) can be worn just below the elbow to limit the stress on the muscles (see Fig.3).
Recently the use of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections has become more popular. This involves taking a blood sample and spinning it at high speeds in a centrifuge for a few minutes. This separates the blood into a number of layers. The layer containing growth factors and special cells called platelets that promote healing is then injected into the painful area. Some studies have shown good results in the treatment of tennis elbow comparable or superior to the results obtained with steroid injections.
Will an operation be required?
How long does it take to recover from the operation?
- Increasing pain in the wound after the obvious initial discomfort.
- Increasing redness and/or swelling.
- Unpleasant discharge.
Returning to Work/ Driving
It may take up to 3 to 6 months for the elbow to return back to normal following the operation.
Are there any other methods of treating tennis elbow?
Can Tennis elbow be prevented?
You must use the proper form while playing sports such as tennis and when doing any heavy lifting in the gym etc. Warming up before starting to use the muscle will also help prevent the condition. After exercising, you may want to ice and stretch the elbow and arm muscles. This will be explained in detail by the physiotherapist.