Tennis Elbow Treatment for Patients from The Woodlands, TX
Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain and weakness around the outside of the elbow and forearm. Individuals in The Woodlands, Texas, who are experiencing these symptoms can turn to Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas for a diagnosis and treatment options. As the largest private hand care practice in the area, our specialists are extremely skilled and experienced in treating all types of conditions that affect the hands and arms.
Tennis elbow occurs when the extensor tendon, running from the outside of the elbow through the forearm becomes inflamed. It is commonly caused by overexertion of the elbow, including but not limited to the swinging motion that athletes use while playing tennis. When you visit Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas at our office in The Woodlands, TX, with symptoms of lateral epicondylitis, you can expect a physical exam as well as an imaging test to diagnose the condition. Our specialists also provide tennis elbow treatment, which may include:
- Resting the elbow and avoiding activities that caused the condition
- Using a brace or splint to restrict elbow movement
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy, in which a sound wave is sent through the elbow to help promote the healing process
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen to alleviate symptoms while healing
- Steroid injections to help reduce inflammation
In rare cases, surgery may also become necessary. Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas offers several minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open surgery to treat tennis elbow. These include arthroscopic surgery, which requires only a very small incision with the aid of an endoscope. We also offer the Tenex procedure, which uses soundwave technology to treat tendon pain. Both of these options are offered as outpatient procedures at our offices, providing our patients with treatment that is convenient and accessible.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of tennis elbow, contact Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas today to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve residents of The Woodlands, TX, and the surrounding communities.