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At Slocum Center in Eugene, Oregon, our elbow surgeons specialize in treating tennis elbow. Here, our elbow experts strive to develop a treatment plan that coincides with your wishes and needs. Our goal is to treat your elbow condition using the latest methods proven to restore your health and mobility. 

Tennis elbow is a degenerative condition of the tendon fibers that attach on the bony prominence (epicondyle) on the outside of the elbow. These tendons anchor the muscles that extend or lift the wrist and fingers.

Cause

Tennis elbow can affect any age group but is most often seen in patients between the ages of 30 and 50. Many people with tennis elbow participate in work or recreational activities that require repetitive and vigorous use of the forearm muscles. Some patients develop tennis elbow without any specific recognizable activity before symptoms appear. Tennis elbow affects as many as half the athletes who play racquet sports.

Prevention

Modify activities that create the pain.

Treatment

Relieving the pain is the first concern. The doctor may recommend stopping any activities that cause symptoms, and applying ice to the outside of the elbow. Acetaminophen or an anti-inflammatory medication may help relieve pain. The patient may also wear a counterforce brace and wrist splints. Applying ice to the painful area and resting the muscles and tendons can reduce pain. Symptoms should improve significantly within four to six weeks. If there is no improvement, a corticosteroid injection may be helpful.

After pain is relieved, physical therapy may be started, including stretching and range of motion exercises. Physical therapy can help complete recovery, resulting in a painless, normally functioning elbow. This course of treatment leads to recovery for 85 percent to 90 percent of patients.

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