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Conditions We Treat: Tennis Elbow

Also called lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is a painful condition that occurs when the tendons on the outside (lateral side) of your elbow become injured and inflamed.

Tennis Elbow Treatment: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

Dr. Ingari measuring elbow range of motion in a UCL tear patient
  • Whether your tennis elbow is a result of playing sports or painting a house, we have orthopaedic elbow specialists who can help you.
  • Our specialists focus on nonsurgical treatments before considering surgery, which is rarely needed for tennis elbow.
  • Many of our orthopaedic specialists are known on national and international levels and are involved in research to help inform their treatment approach.
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Tennis Elbow Treatment Options

Nonsurgical Treatment

  • Modification of activity helps avoid movements and positions that make the pain worse.
  • Icing, oral anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections can help limit pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Wrist braces and elbow straps can be used to take the stress off the injured tendons.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises can help restore your range of motion and prevent further injury to the elbow tendons.

Surgical Options

If the pain is severe, the range of motion is limited, and your tennis elbow doesn’t respond to other treatments, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgery to repair ligaments in tennis elbow can be done through one open incision or minimally invasively through several small incisions, called arthroscopic surgery. Your orthopaedic elbow surgeon will suggest the best approach for your situation.

What Causes Elbow Pain? | Q&A with Dr. John Ingari

Elbow injuries, tennis elbow, cubital tunnel and arthritis are all potential causes of elbow pain. Watch elbow specialist John Ingari, M.D., answer common questions about elbow pain, its origin, diagnostic methods and treatment options.

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