When Backhanded Blaire first made an appointment with the Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas, her elbow pain was making her life miserable. The devastating pain on the outside of her elbow was bad enough, but it was also preventing her from doing what she loved the most, playing tennis. Backhanded Blaire was in her 40s and she had spent most of her life on tennis courts. Not being able to hit the ball with the racket without pain was making her feel like she had suddenly lost the joy in her life.
“Blaire, tell me about your elbow pain,” the doctor at Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas prompted Backhanded Blaire. “It hurts right here, on the outside of my elbow. And a little bit on my forearm, too. I can feel the pain all the time but it definitely gets worse as soon as I grab my tennis racket,” Backhanded Blaire explained. The doctor then asked if she had tried to relieve the pain at home. “I did put some ice on it, and took some over-the-counter medicine for the pain. But those methods don’t really provide relief,” Backhanded Blaire told the doctor. Before the doctor could say anything she added, “please don’t tell me that I have a tennis elbow!”
Back in the day, Arthritic Arthur could run circles around his competitors on the basketball court. In fact, up until a few years ago, his hoop game was still very strong. However, recently Arthur has not been shooting hoops like he used to. Years of the wear and tear that basketball takes on your joints has finally caught up with Arthritic Arthur, and he came to the realization that he could no longer take the stiffness, pain, and swelling in his hand. So years after leaving the court, Arthritic Arthur decided to make an appointment with the Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas to see what could be done.