You don’t have to be an avid tennis player or even have ever picked up a tennis racket in order to be diagnosed with tennis elbow. As an injury that causes the tendons within the elbow to become inflamed and sore, tennis elbow is very painful and can affect anyone who plays any type of sport that involves the use of the arms and the elbow. If you think that you have tennis elbow but would like to learn more about this disorder, read on.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Other than visiting your doctor in regards to your potential tennis elbow, symptoms that can help you make a self-diagnosis include:
- Extreme elbow pain that radiates up the forearm and to the wrist
- Weak and painful grip
- Elbow pain that worsens after playing a sport or exercising
Treatment for Tennis Elbow
There are two types of treatment options available to treat tennis elbow including conservative treatments and treatments like Tenex.
Depending on how sever your tennis elbow is, your doctor will likely recommend a more conservative treatment option such as:
- Avoid sports and exercise
- Avoiding heavy lifting
- Avoiding playing instruments
- Icing your elbow
- Taking Ibuprofen to help with pain and swelling
- Wearing elbow straps, braces, or splints
If, however, a conservative treatment approach doesn’t work, then your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure.
Tenex is a minimally invasive surgery used to remove the pain that you are feeling from your tennis elbow. During this procedure, one of the experts at UTMB Radiology will use the TX1 tissue removal system combined with ultrasound therapy to break down any scar tissue that is causing the tennis elbow and preventing you from healing. This procedure only takes around 15 minutes and the incision is so small that it can be covered with a bandaid.
To learn more about how you can treat your tennis elbow, contact UTMB Radiology today!