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Tennis Elbow

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Tennis Elbow and Tendonitis

The tissues that attach your bones to your muscles are called tendons. When your muscles flex, tendons spring into action, helping to move your bones. It is easy to injure the tendons in the arms and hands, since we use them so often. Tendinitis is an inflammation of a tendon that causes pain near a joint. It generally develops when an accident or injury cuts or damages the tendon.

Tennis elbow is the common term for one of the most common types of tendinitis. It is also called lateral epicondylitis and is an overuse injury caused by repeated movements of the wrist or arm. It causes an inflammation of the tendon fibers that attach the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow. Pain occurs on the outside of the elbow and may radiate into your forearm and wrist. Your elbow may be stiff, swollen and tender. As the name suggests, tennis players, as well as golfers and other athletes, often suffer from this type of tendinitis. But tennis elbow can also affect you if you twist your wrist repeatedly on a regular basis, or if you type on a computer keyboard without proper support.

Although tendinitis and tennis elbow can be painful, the good news is that it rarely becomes chronic if caught early and treated properly. Treatment often involves a team of experts including primary care doctors, physical therapists, and in some cases surgeons. They all work together to provide you with customized, effective care. Learn about tennis elbow treatment options.

For pain relief, treatment options include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Physical Therapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • Ceasing or changing your activity
  • Elbow supports
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines

If surgery becomes necessary, arthroscopic procedures are minimally invasive, provide tennis elbow sufferers with a relatively short recovery period, and can produce long-lasting results. Learn more about our team of Tennis Elbow specialists.

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
for tennis elbow and other elbow conditions
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital 
for tennis elbow and other elbow conditions
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Harbor Hospital
for tennis elbow and other elbow conditions
2900 S. Hanover Street
Baltimore, MD 21225

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital 
for tennis elbow and other elbow conditions
3333 N. Calvert Street, Suite 400
Baltimore, MD 21218