Tennis Elbow - Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Kulwicki is a board certified orthopedic surgeon serving the patients across Flower Mound TX. The doctor specializes in treating a wide range of elbow conditions including Tennis Elbow, dislocation, Olecranon Bursitis, Golfer’s Elbow etc.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow, also known as Lateral Epicondylitis, is a condition characterized by inflammation of the tendons around the elbow joint.  The condition occurs due to overuse of forearm muscles and tendons. Playing racquet sports such as tennis, badminton etc. can increase the chances of developing a Tennis Elbow. People between the age group of 30 and 50 years are more susceptible to the condition.  

Causes Of Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is caused by activities that involve recurrent use of elbow and wrist muscles. The repeated stress to the elbow muscles can cause tears in the tendons. Plumbers, painters, carpenters etc. are more likely to develop Tennis Elbow because their occupation involves repetitive use of arm muscles.  

Symptoms Of Tennis Elbow

  • Pain and swelling  in the outer part of the elbow
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Weakness

Diagnosis Of Tennis Elbow

  • The orthopedic doctor may conduct physical examination and examine the patient’s medical history
  • Pressure may be applied on the affected area to assess the movement of the elbow
  • Imaging tests such as  X rays, CT scan and  MRI may be recommended  
  • The doctor may conduct EMG test to rule out nerve compression and other medical conditions.  

Treatment For Tennis Elbow

Non-surgical treatment

  • Rest: The doctor may recommend providing sufficient rest to the arm. Activities that may strain the elbow joint should be avoided.
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Physical therapy: The doctor may recommend stretching and strengthening exercises to improve the symptoms.
  • Brace: Wearing a brace at the back of the forearm to support the elbow and prevent further strain.
  • Icing: Application of icepacks at regular intervals may help to ease the symptoms.    

Surgical treatment

If the symptoms do not subside by non-surgical treatment, a surgery may be recommended. The surgeons may perform an open surgery or arthroscopy depending on the severity of the condition. In the procedure, the surgeon may cut the tendon and remove the damaged or irritated tissues. The tendon tears may be repaired thereafter.

Rehabilitation exercises may be recommended for quick recovery after the surgery.

Visit Dr. Kulwicki for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Tennis Elbow. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic doctor in Flower Mound, TX, you can call at (972) 899 – 4679.