Tennis Elbow - Carrollton, Flower Mound TX
If you're looking for treatment for Tennis Elbow in Carrollton or Flower Mound TX, visit Dr. Craig Goodhart, a fellowship trained and board certified orthopedic surgeon. Dr Goodhart specializes in performing Tennis Elbow surgery and complex joint replacement surgery.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is a condition that affects the elbow region and can be extremely debilitating and painful. The condition often happens to people who employ their arms for heavy use on a day-to-day basis, causing significant stress and strain to their arms.  Sportsmen and manual workers fall prey to this problem regularly. The condition of Tennis Elbow involves a number of small tendons which are joined to the rear part of the elbow joint. These tendons are responsible for providing support and an extensive range of motion to the elbow joint. The condition surfaces when, as a consequence of prolonged damage to these tendons due to over use and lack of rest, these tendons get damaged severely. This condition is most frequently seen in people who play tennis, hence the name. However, other forms of sport can also cause this condition.

Causes of Tennis Elbow

The tendons attached to the rear part of the elbow joint develop small, microscopic tears due to the heavy use and the inability of the tendons to heal naturally. For this reason, this condition is frequently seen in athletes and sportsmen, as well as manual laborers. These are the people who have the need to heavily use their arms on a daily basis. As a consequence, minute tears start to form along the entire length of these tendons, gradually contributing to the condition of Tennis Elbow.

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

The main symptom associated with Tennis Elbow is excruciating pain in the elbow region. Depending on the severity of the condition, this pain can manifest as a constant, nagging sensation or come to surface periodically during an attempt to use the arm in a way that involves fixing the elbow or bearing weight on the elbow joint. Even the cocking of the wrist or any attempt to hold an object with your hand firmly can become extremely painful. In addition to the pain, there is significant loss of strength, stability and range of motion in the affected arm.

Diagnosis of Tennis Elbow

The process of diagnosing a case of Tennis Elbow is a complicated one. In most cases, the results of diagnostic tests such as x-rays and MRIs prove to be inconclusive and do not provide much insight about the condition. To properly diagnose the condition, orthopedic doctors try and look into the medical history of the affected person as well is their daily routine and habits. Attention is paid to whether the affected person has had previous instances of problems with elbow joints or arthritis. Specialized physical tests like nerve conduction tests might be carried out to confirm the diagnosis of Tennis Elbow and to pinpoint the extent of the damage.

Treatment for Tennis Elbow

Slings, braces or casts can be used to immobilize the elbow region to allow for natural healing. Your orthopedic doctor might also prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help people manage the pain. Other forms of treatment might include targeted exercises of the affected area. In extreme cases, the doctor might opt for surgical measures to repair and restore the damaged portion of the tendon by grafting.

Visit Dr. Goodhart for comprehemsive treatment of  Tennis Elbow. To request an appointment in Carrollton, call at (972) 492-1334 and in Flower Mound, call at (972) 899-4679.