Tennis Elbow Symptoms, Treatments and Surgery
|Addresses||Aching and soreness in the back of the forearm which seems to come from the outside of the elbow|
Tennis elbow is a common condition that affects around 1 out of 100 people in the UK. Anyone can get tennis elbow, but typically affects men and women over the age of 40. It usually develops in the arm you use most; for example if you’re left-handed it usually develops in your left elbow and can be treated with Steroid Injections or Tennis Elbow Surgery.
Is this right for me?
If you have had aching and soreness in the back of the forearm which seems to come from the outside of the elbow, this may be ‘tennis elbow’. It usually settles over the course of a year with rest and physiotherapy but steroid injections or surgery may be helpful if the condition is persisting. Steroid injections can be provided on the day of your consultation and you can return directly to normal activities. It takes a few days for the steroid injection to start taking effect and it can be repeated if the effect is limited or if it wears off after a few months.
Surgery is a day-case local anaesthetic operation and it is successful in approximately 80% of persistent cases.
What the procedure involves
This is an awake day-case (local anaesthetic) operation. Through a small cut at the elbow, the affected muscles are released slightly from underlying bone. Inflammatory tissue is then removed and the bone is abraded surgically.
After surgery, a soft, supportive bandage is worn for a few days. A gentle return to light activities is encouraged for a several weeks following tennis elbow release although repetitive or strenuous activities will not be possible for 6 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are steroid injections safe?
Can I return to normal activities after a steroid injection?
How many times can I repeat steroid injections?
How quickly do steroid injections start to work?
Is hand therapy necessary after Tennis Elbow surgery?
What can I do after Tennis Elbow surgery?
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is the result of strain and inflammation in a small area where several muscles attach to the skeleton. The muscles ordinarily work to straighten the wrist and the fingers – actions which may particularly increase pain in tennis elbow sufferers. Most cases will settle with rest and physiotherapy although it may take a year or so to resolve. In a small number of patients, this condition can be more difficult to treat and patients will have experienced problems intermittently for a number of years.
Tennis Elbow Symptoms
- Pain on the outside of your upper forearm and down towards your wrist
- Pain when bending or lifting your arm
- Discomfort when writing or gripping small objects
Tennis Elbow Treatment at Bella Vou
Following a careful assessment of the affected area by one of our team of experienced surgeons, they will be able to diagnose an appropriate treatment. At Bella Vou we provide injections and surgery to help permanently relieve pain and discomfort associated with Tennis Elbow.
Tennis Elbow Injections
Steroid injections may be helpful where the condition persists. The injection is given to the side of the elbow and patients can return to normal activity immediately. The injection can be repeated if only minimal or short term response is achieved. If these are unsuccessful a short operation to release the muscles at the elbow can be helpful.
Tennis Elbow Surgery
Surgery for tennis elbow typically involves cutting the affected tendon to remove inflamed tissue and then reattaching the tendon tears to improve future comfort. Surgery can be done with general or regional anaesthetic and may require an overnight stay in the hospital.11th May 2015 28th February 2017
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