You don't have to play tennis to get tennis elbow. It can affect anyone whose work requires repetitive hand motion. Tennis elbow surgery at Franciscan Health can help return you to the top of your game, on or off the court!
Tennis elbow is the common name for tendonitis of the elbow. Overuse causes inflammation of the tendons that attach forearm muscles to the arm bone. The resulting elbow pain and weakness can make grasping items and activities requiring repetitive motion difficult.
Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive stress to the outside of the elbow. Certain activities can lead to this condition. People working in certain professions may be more prone to tennis elbow, such as:
Tennis elbow symptoms can include:
Relief from symptoms is often possible without surgery. After an examination, your doctor may recommend:
If you still have pain after six to 12 months of treatment, tennis elbow surgery may be required to restore full use of your forearm and elbow.
Surgery for tennis elbow is usually an outpatient procedure. Depending on your condition, your surgeon will recommend either open or arthroscopic surgery. Open surgery is the most common. The surgeon cuts the outside of the elbow to access tendons, muscle and bone. Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery is performed via a smaller incision. During the procedure, your surgeon removes any damaged muscle and re-attaches healthy muscle to the bone.
It usually takes four to six months after surgery to return to normal daily activities and sports. Your arm will be in a splint for about a week, then the splint and your stitches are removed. Your Franciscan Health orthopedic team will recommend exercises at home to stretch your elbow and restore movement. You also may have rehabilitation, such as physical therapy.