Recover From A Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) Injury
Lateral epicondylitis is a condition causing pain on the lateral side of the elbow commonly referred to as "tennis elbow." It often develops over time, frequently with little or no previous trauma.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Lateral Epicondylitis Injuries
- +What is this injury?
-What is this injury?Lateral epicondylitis is a condition causing pain on the lateral side of the elbow. It is commonly referred to as "tennis elbow." This condition often develops over time, frequently with little or no previous trauma. Often a small area of degeneration in one of the extensor tendons just off the bony prominence on the lateral side of the elbow causes the pain on the outside of the elbow.
- +What are the common treatments?
-What are the common treatments?Nonsurgical treatments such as a counterforce strap, activity modification, rest, and physical therapy are often thought to resolve the problem without surgery. Sometimes a doctor will inject cortisone or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to try to decrease pain and get the tendon to heal. Occasionally a surgeon will remove the diseased portion of the tendon surgically if the patient fails to improve after many months of nonsurgical treatments.
- +How long could it take to recover?
-How long could it take to recover?Full recovery requires time to regain full strength, motion and elbow function. Recovery differs greatly depending on the nature of the treatment needed to fix the problem. Often physical therapy and injections can relieve a patient's pain within weeks. Recovery can take anywhere from a few weeks to many months.
- +What should I ask my doctor?
-What should I ask my doctor?It is always a good idea to ask if surgery is necessary and if there are nonsurgical treatment options that can be tried first. Ask what options can help you decrease pain and allow activities quickly, such as counterforce straps and physical therapy. You might ask whether injections are helpful or harmful for your condition. Also ask when you could expect to safely return to your sport or exercise.