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Atlanta’s Top Physicians for Tennis Elbow

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Epicondylitis is a condition that is caused by inflammation of the tendons connecting the forearm to the elbow. Often referred to as tennis or golfer’s elbow, it results in pain in one of two places: on the outside (tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis) or the inside (golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis). Those who struggle with tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow can experience chronic pain and a decrease in range of motion, which can make it difficult to play sports or perform daily tasks.

If you’re struggling with epicondylitis, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists, Atlanta’s top pain management team, can help. We offer a number of treatment options for tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, all of which are minimally invasive and designed to help you get back on the court or on the green with full confidence.

The Physicians are passionate about providing the least invasive, most technologically-advanced care available. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow and would like to experience the best wrist pain treatment Atlanta has to offer, don't wait - call The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists today and schedule an appointment.

Treatment & Therapy for Tennis Elbow

Treatment & Diagnosis of Epicondylitis

As we've discussed, epicondylitis comes in two forms: lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow). While the two conditions share many similarities, they each have their own set of symptoms, which can help your doctor make a more accurate diagnosis.

Symptoms of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) typically include:

  • Pain on the outside of your elbow that worsens when you move or use your wrist and forearms (such as when lifting heavy objects)
  • Tenderness or weakness in your forearm muscles
  • A weak grip, which might make it difficult to perform everyday tasks like opening jars, turning door knobs, or using a pen

On the other hand, common symptoms of golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) include:

  • Pain on the inside of your elbow that eases when you rest
  • Decreased grip strength in your hand

If you notice these symptoms and suspect you’re experiencing epicondylitis, it’s important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Your physician will ask about your symptoms, examine your arm and wrist to check for tenderness or weakness, and may order X-rays or an MRI to rule out other conditions.

Once your doctor has diagnosed you with tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, they will work with you to create a treatment plan. In many cases, conservative treatments like rest, ice, and physical therapy can help ease symptoms and reduce inflammation. However, if your symptoms are severe or fail to improve after a few weeks of treatment, surgery may be necessary. At the Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Center, we offer minimally invasive procedures that can help relieve pressure on the tendons and ease pain quickly and effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some common causes of epicondylitis?

While the exact cause of epicondylitis is often unknown, there are a number of factors that can increase your risk, including:

  • Participating in certain sports or activities (such as tennis or golf)
  • Repeatedly lifting heavy objects
  • Sustaining an injury to the elbow joint​

Whether you’re struggling with tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, the team at The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Center can help. Our minimally invasive procedures are designed to treat epicondylitis quickly and effectively, so you can get back to your normal activities pain-free.

What are the long-term effects of distal clavicular osteolysis?

As it suggests in the name, those who frequently participate in certain athletic activities are more at risk for developing tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to experience epicondylitis. In fact, any activity that repeatedly puts strain on the elbow joint can lead to this condition, such as:

  • Raking leaves
  • Painting
  • Using a screwdriver
  • Playing the violin
  • Typing on a computer

If you have any of the risk factors we’ve mentioned and are experiencing symptoms of tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, it’s important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to preventing further damage to the elbow joint and reducing pain and stiffness.

Do you accept insurance for carpal tunnel syndrome treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that cutting-edge care for chronic pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area. Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best pain management doctor near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from symptoms of tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to pain relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.