Tennis Elbow Treatment in Fort Myers, and Port Charlotte FL
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition characterized by pain in the outside area of the elbow, which is often brought on by overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons. At the Florida Hand Center, Dr. Stephen L. Helgemo, Jr. MD provides comprehensive care for this illness, assisting patients in regaining mobility and returning to normal activities with little discomfort. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Fort Myers FL, and Port Charlotte FL.
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Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury that affects the tendons in the elbow. This condition often results from repetitive motions, such as swinging a tennis racket or other similar activities that involve continual gripping or twisting motions of the forearm. The pain associated with tennis elbow usually starts from the outside of the elbow and can spread down to the forearm and wrist. While it is commonly associated with tennis players, it can affect anyone who performs repetitive movements that can strain the muscles and tendons of the forearm.
The primary cause of tennis elbow is a repetitive strain on the muscles and tendons that extend the wrist and fingers, often due to activities that involve constant gripping or twisting. This overuse leads to tiny tears in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the bony prominence at the outer part of the elbow, known as lateral epicondyle, causing inflammation and pain. While the condition is named after the sport that was a common cause, any activity that involves repetitive use of these muscles, such as using a screwdriver, painting, or even excessive keyboard and mouse use, can result in tennis elbow. It’s worth noting that tennis elbow can affect individuals of all ages, but it’s most common in adults between 30 and 50 years of age.
Management and treatment of tennis elbow primarily focus on relieving pain and restoring the normal function of the arm. Initially, conservative measures such as rest, over-the-counter pain relievers, and physical therapy exercises may be recommended. Physical therapy can help strengthen the forearm muscles and improve flexibility, reducing the strain on the tendons. If these measures don’t provide sufficient relief, more advanced treatments such as corticosteroid injections or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can be considered. In some severe or persistent cases, surgical intervention may be necessary. It’s crucial to remember that each patient is unique, so the treatment plan should be tailored to the individual’s needs and circumstances.
The recovery time from tennis elbow surgery varies depending on the individual and the extent of the condition. Generally, it takes around 4 to 6 weeks for the initial healing process post-surgery, during which the patient may experience some discomfort, swelling, or bruising. This is followed by a period of physical therapy that may last several weeks to months to regain strength and flexibility in the arm. Most patients can return to their normal activities within 3 to 6 months after surgery, but it could take up to a year for the elbow to fully recover and perform strenuous activities. It’s essential to understand that patient adherence to the rehabilitation process plays a pivotal role in the recovery timeline.
At the Florida Hand Center, we are dedicated to your health and recovery. Our team of experts is ready to help you manage tennis elbow by offering the finest quality care suited to your specific needs. Do not let suffering prevent you from living your life to the fullest. Contact us today or set up an appointment online to learn more about your treatment choices and begin your recovery. Your health is our top priority, and we are here to help you on your path to recovery. We look forward to serving you. We serve patients from Port Charlotte FL, Fort Myers FL, Punta Gorda FL, Cape Coral FL, Estero FL, Harbour Heights FL, Lake Suzy FL, Murdock FL, Charlotte Harbor FL, and Solana FL.
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