Treatment and Recovery of Tennis Elbow

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Tennis Elbow

Something like a painful wrist fracture can happen in a second and require much more time to recover from. Whether you broke your wrist from falling, playing a sport, or in an accident, prompt, appropriate treatment for your injury is crucial to regaining and maintaining strength and range of motion. While there are numerous treatment options for wrist fractures, some injuries may require surgical repair due to their location or severity.

The Facts

Tennis elbow is a painful condition that occurs when the tendons in your elbow are overloaded with a repetitive motions. A common misconception is that athletes are the only people plagued with this condition. Tennis elbow is common in women, age between 40-50, appeared in 10% of these women.

Of the 10% of women listed above, only ½ of them seek medical care. Common symptoms include pain or weakness when attempting to shake hands, durn a doorknob or hold a cup of coffee. If you aren’t able to do these things, and rest/ice isn’t helping, you should see a doctor.

Treatment

The treatment is a series of conservative approaches.

  1. Rest
  2. Anti-Inflammatory Medicine
  3. Physical therapy
  4. Brace
  5. Steroid injections
  6. Shock wave therapy
  7. Equipment check

If symptoms do not improve in 6-+12 months, operative intervention may be necessary. This surgery rarely requires a stay overnight in a hospital. This is usually an outpatient surgery but still requires general anesthesia. OSSM uses a an endoscopic variation of this surgery. The goal is to increase the size of the cubital tunnel and relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve.  Using a special tool, the surgeon will divide the ligament covering the cubital tunnel and create more space for the ulnar nerve.

Recovery

The recovery process is short! You will need to keep your arm elevated for 24-48 hours after surgery to help with swelling. Depending on the surgery, it may require a split on your elbow for a few weeks to help the area heal.

With the talented physicians as OSSM, this surgery will be quick and efficient. We want you back to your normal, pain free life as soon as possible. And we are the best to help you achieve that!

Contact our office today: (208) 664-2175.

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