Tennis elbow is an overuse injury that causes inflammation or degeneration of the tendons on the outside of the forearm. These tendons allow you to extend and lift your hand.
Repeat arm motions cause tennis elbow, such as:
These repeated motions cause tiny tears in the elbow tendon.
To prevent tennis elbow, be sure to:
To make an appointment or learn more about tennis elbow, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
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Symptoms of tennis elbow include:
To diagnose tennis elbow, your doctor will do a physical exam — looking at your elbow and the source of pain.
He or she will ask about your activities and past injuries.
In most cases, you won't need imaging tests unless your symptoms don't improve with tennis elbow treatment.
Then, your doctor may need to do an x-ray or MRI to rule out any bone problem or tissue damage.
UPMC Sports Medicine has experts skilled in diagnosing and treating elbow injuries.
To make an appointment or learn more about tennis elbow symptoms, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
The goal of treating tennis elbow is to reduce inflammation and pain.
The first steps of tennis elbow treatment include:
Your doctor may also suggest other nonsurgical tennis elbow treatments such as:
In cases where nonsurgical treatments fail to heal tennis elbow, your doctor may want to perform surgery.
Once the pain subsides, you can do some rehab exercises to strengthen the following arm muscles around the elbow:
To make an appointment for tennis elbow treatment, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
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