Tendinitis (Tennis elbow or Golfer’s elbow)

Tendinitis of the elbow can be one of the most frustrating conditions of the upper extremity to have and to treat. Often the cause is unknown, and you don’t have to be a tennis player to get tennis elbow! In recent years, the understanding of elbow tendinitis has improved, and we now know that it is a degenerative process of the tendon, rather than strictly inflammation (which is what “itis” means when literally translated). Therefore, typical treatments like a cortisone injection have not been shown to be any more effective than a placebo shot. Options for treatment for either tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow incude rest (the best), splinting, anti-inflammatory medication (to treat secondary inflammation), therapy to strengthen the tendons and muscles around the elbow, and lastly, invasive procedures that can include Ultrasound guided debridement (a relatively new procedure) or open surgery. Many people believe that elbow tendinitis is a self-limiting condition, meaning that it will get better on its own without treatment, but this could take 1-2 years, or longer. To help you determine the best course of treatment for your elbow, Dr. Yu will examine you and discuss these options in greater detail with you, taking into consideration the specifics of your condition.

Tennis Elbow

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Golfer’s Elbow

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  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)