Can Tennis Elbow Surgery Help You?

Flexing The ElbowElbow surgery isn’t something to be taken lightly.  It’s one of the most important joints in your body, and damage to your elbow could create mobility challenges for the rest of your life.

Generally speaking, surgery for tennis elbow is undertaken as a “last resort,” when other options have failed.  It carries some risks, so it’s rarely something a rehabilitating therapist will recommend quickly.  

Before elbow surgery, there are a number of other things a doctor will try first.

Tennis Elbow Surgery Is Rarely The First Option

Basic Rest And Rehabilitation

The first course of action with tennis elbow -which can be caused by many swinging and twisting movements beyond tennis- is basically the same as any other injury to muscles or tendons:  Rest.  

Most specialists will first put their patients on a relaxed schedule of physical therapy, and have them cut down the activities that are causing them pain.  This is generally done for 6-12 months before more serious actions is taken.


Corticosteroid Shots

Anti-inflammitant injections are sometimes paired with the R&R, especially in cases where the tendon is significantly inflamed.  This can help reduce the stiffness and pain associated with arm extensions.

However, it’s not a long-term solution.  Mostly, it helps the tendons rest while they heal by keeping the most possible stress off them.  

Elimination Of Related Activities

Depending on the situation, the risks involved with surgery on the elbow mean that life adaptations are often wiser.  In many cases, even surgery cannot fully restore mobility to the elbow.  

If the activities causing tennis elbow can be removed from the patient’s life, that’s usually a better option than surgery.

The Best Tennis Elbow Treatment Is Usually Non-Surgical

In short, surgery for tennis elbow is usually reserved for cases of extreme discomfort, sudden acute tears, or if the patient’s employment will be at risk. Otherwise, most tennis elbow can be cured through close consultations with a specialist, and professional rehabilitation training.

If you’d like more information on options for patients with elbow pain, please contact us today with any questions you might have.

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