Treatment for Tennis Elbow in San Leandro
Tennis and golfer’s elbow are similar injuries affecting different sides of the elbow joint. Both are repetitive use injuries, either from gripping and moving the wrist forward or backward. While these conditions are named after sports, many people can experience these elbow conditions from other activities. Our orthopedic and pain specialists at Allied Pain & Spine Institute provide treatment for tennis elbow in San Leandro, CA.
Tennis Elbow Symptoms
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, affects the outside of the elbow. The tendons can be inflamed, causing pain and weakness that impact the arm, wrist and hand. Tennis elbow symptoms often begin intermittently and become worse over time, but the condition can also occur suddenly from an elbow injury. Symptoms may include:
- Elbow pain when bending the wrist backward similar to an overhand tennis serve
- Weakness when gripping items
- Wrist pain when gripping, especially when lifting items
- Weakness or pain when turning the wrist
Tennis elbow can be caused by repetitive movements that require gripping and bending the wrist backward. Tennis and other racket sports can cause this injury, as can many occupations like carpentry and painting.
Golfer’s Elbow Symptoms
On the opposite side of the elbow, golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, can also impact hand and wrist movement. This occurs from repetitive use of the inner tendons and muscles in the elbow and forearm that are required for gripping and moving the wrist forward. Symptoms include:
- Pain on the inner side of the wrist and forearm
- Tenderness inside the elbow
- Wrist weakness
- Wrist stiffness, especially when moving it forward
Both golfer’s and tennis elbow conditions can limit hand and wrist function. If not treated, the condition can become chronic and last for months or years.
At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer non-surgical treatments for elbow tendonitis and other pain conditions. We apply a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, which may include physical therapy, medication, injections and other therapies. If you have symptoms of tennis or golfer’s elbow and live in the South Bay area, contact us to schedule a consultation. Call our office in San Leandro, CA, today to book your appointment.