Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

  • Lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition that affects the muscles and tendons of the forearm.
  •  It is commonly referred to as “tennis elbow” but rarely occurs as a result
    of tennis these days.

Symptoms of this condition include:

  • Tenderness on the outer bony part of the elbow
  • Morning stiffness of the elbow with persistent aching
  • Soreness in the forearm
  • Pain worse when grasping or holding an object
  • The forearm tendons that attach to the outer aspect of the elbow may become inflamed and torn as result of repetitive over extension of the wrist and elbow.

What does surgery involve?

  • In most cases, the micro tears and inflammation settle down and heal with rest but in some recalcitrant cases surgery is required.
  • This involves repairing the torn extensor tendons after excising the degenerate segment and performing a tendon release.
  • Both result in reduced pain and increased grip strength.
  • A sling is required for comfort post-operatively and physiotherapy also.