Tennis elbow is a serious medical condition, and taking care of it may require a visit to an orthopaedic surgeon. Despite its name, this condition can be caused by more than just a vigorous match of tennis, and it’s important that you be aware of common causes so you can avoid it. Read the most common causes of tennis elbow below, and contact Dr. Anthony Romeo if you need help addressing tennis elbow.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is a common name for a kind of tendinitis, or swelling of the tendons. Tendons connect the muscles of your lower arm to the bone, and it’s very important to keep them in good working order. Tennis elbow manifests in the swelling of the knob on the outside of your elbow, and any person of any age may develop it. The swelling likely will cause persistent pain, which may radiate to other areas of your arm. Tennis elbow may make it difficult to grip or lift objects, and it is the most common reason patients consult their physician about elbow pain.
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
While it is associated with the kind of muscle activity called for in repeated matches of tennis, there are innumerable common activities that may cause the tendinitis.
Anything that requires repeated contraction and extension of the thumb, such as heavy use of scissors or sheers, may cause tennis elbow. Other forms of vigorous manual labor can cause it as well, including plumbing, bricklaying, gardening, and typing. Athletes who play tennis (of course), golf, swimming, and others are also susceptible to developing the condition. As these are all routine activities that many people partake in, tennis elbow is a common ailment.
What can Dr. Anthony Romeo, MD do to Help?
Tennis elbow is a serious issue that may require orthopaedic surgery. Fortunately, the procedure is quite routine and simple. Here at Dr. Anthony Romeo, MD, we offer everything you need to understand tennis elbow, and we are well-equipped to take care of the condition so you can return to your day-to-day life pain free.
Think you Might Suffer From Tennis Elbow?
If you’re experiencing elbow pain and would like a consultation, contact Dr. Anthony Romeo, MD to have all your questions answered and to set up an appointment today!