Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is common, yet painful, over-use injury common among tennis players and other athletes. Over time, small tears in the tendon cause pain, inflammation and soreness on the outside part of the elbow. The elbow may also be sensitive to the touch. In addition to playing tennis and other racquet sports, any repetitive twisting of the wrist or arm (such as using a screwdriver, for example) can result in tennis elbow.

Structure of the elbow. Image courtesy
of National Institute for Arthritis,
Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases.
Following proper techniques can often prevent over-use injuries, but if you are suffering from tennis elbow, it is critical that you receive a complete and accurate diagnosis to ensure that you receive the most effective treatment.

At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients with chronic pain conditions, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”

At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain, but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.

The Kaplan Center specializes in pain management without surgery. We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:

Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible. There is no need to wait when recovery can start today.

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Article: Platelet-Rich Plasma in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Published in The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.
Research study: The use of prolotherapy to treat tennis elbow Reported in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.