The tendons on the outer elbow are important for bending and straightening the elbow joint, as well as flexing the wrist backward. The bony area on the outside of the elbow where these tendons are attached is called the lateral epicondyle, stretching down to connect to the back of the hand and wrist. Injury to these tendons is called lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, causing elbow pain and limiting function. Our pain physicians at CLEAR Wellness Group offer tennis elbow treatment at our medical facility in Chicago.

The motion of hitting a ball while gripping a tennis racket can put excess stress on the lateral epicondyle and connected tendons. Whenever the hand and wrist are bent backward, force can stress the associated tendons, resulting in a type of tendonitis. While playing tennis is a common cause of lateral epicondylitis, it can also be caused by falling on your hand or other impact to the wrist, hand and arm.

Symptoms of Lateral Epicondylitis

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, symptoms can begin slowly or come on suddenly after an injury. A pain on the outside of the elbow when gripping, bending the wrist backward, throwing or performing a tennis serve can be an indication of tennis elbow. The pain can radiate from the outside of the elbow up or down the arm. While the pain is located at the lateral epicondyle, hand or wrist motion usually initiates the pain.

Resting the tendons in the arm needed for bending the wrist backward for playing sports or performing tasks can relieve mild to moderate tennis elbow. For more pronounced or severe cases, tennis elbow treatment may be needed. At CLEAR Wellness Group, we offer interventional pain treatments that can alleviate discomfort and restore elbow and wrist function. If you need tennis elbow treatment, contact our clinic in Chicago to schedule an appointment with one of our double board certified physicians.