Tennis Elbow Treatment Available in Houston, TX
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is one of the many conditions that can be treated by Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas in Houston. This condition typically occurs when the tendons and muscles in the arm become strained from overuse or overexertion, with the primary symptom being pain that originates in the outer part of the elbow and travels down the arm. This condition often affects tennis players and other individuals who use repeated swinging motions in sports, though anyone – including non-athletes – can develop tennis elbow from other activities that require repetitive arm motions.
When symptoms of this condition occur, it’s important to consult a physician for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. Individuals in the greater Houston, TX, area can turn to Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas for tennis elbow treatment. Our medical professionals specialize in treating a wide range of hand, wrist, arm, and elbow ailments. After performing a physical exam to diagnose your condition, our team can recommend treatment options such as:
- Resting the elbow and avoiding activities that cause elbow pain
- A brace or elbow strap to restrict elbow movement
- Physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility in the arm
- Aspirin, ibuprofen, or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
- Corticosteroid creams or injections
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (external shock waves that promote healing in the elbow)
While these conservative methods are sufficient in most cases of tennis elbow, some advanced cases may require surgery. Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas offers several minimally invasive outpatient procedures that are available in place of traditional open surgery. Our surgeons are highly experienced in the most advanced techniques, including arthroscopic surgery and the Tenex® procedure. Arthroscopic surgery uses an endoscope and small incisions to treat the affected elbow, while the Tenex procedure uses soundwaves to break down damaged tissue that is then removed through a micro-incision.
If you are experiencing symptoms of tennis elbow, contact Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas today to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Houston, TX. We accept most major insurance plans as well as workers’ compensation.