The outside area of the elbow can become inflamed after repetitive exercise. Pain can occur after small micro tears and degeneration of the tissue occurs from repetitive movements in the elbow. This is called tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis.

Tennis elbow is common in 30- to 50-year-olds and often from non-athletic activities. A similar problem can occur along the inside of the elbow, called medial epicondylitis or golfer’s elbow . The treatment is similar to tennis elbow. Patients will often have pain on the outside of the elbow that worsens with activity or pressure.

Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow Treatment

Both of these conditions respond favorably to non-operative management with physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, bracing, and usually corticosteroid injections. Rarely these require surgery.

Surgical treatment is offered with worsening symptoms or restrictions after a reasonable period of time. Typically this procedure is performed arthroscopically, but could be performed with ultrasound shockwave therapy in select patients.

Talk to your primary care provider and the elbow surgeon about the factors you should consider before surgery. If surgery is determined to be the best course of action, the elbow surgeon will thoroughly discuss the post-operative recovery and rehabilitation process.