Whether you are a tennis pro, sports enthusiast, or weekend warrior, when you sustain a sports injury like tennis elbow, you want to seek treatment from a team of experts who understand the complex nature of a sports trauma. At Pomerado Orthopedic Specialists, we take pride in helping our patients recover from San Diego tennis elbow. When you come in for a visit, you are warmly welcomed by our expert staff of doctors and therapists. We encourage your active participation in making proper health care decisions, so we work as a team to inform you of your condition and the possible options available to you. We take our work very seriously and understand that you want to work with someone with experience and compassion. Dr. William W. Winternitz, Jr. has two decades of experience and is a highly regarded teacher at the UC San Diego Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has a subspecialty Board Certification in Sports Medicine. So he’s the one to turn to when you are injured.
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is caused by sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, home projects, and repetitive stress. Tennis elbow is an overuse and muscle strain injury. The cause is repeated contraction of the forearm muscles that you use to straighten and raise your hand and wrist. The repeated motions and stress to the tissue may result in a series of tiny tears in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the bony prominence at the outside of your elbow. At our office, we have non-surgical remedies for your San Diego tennis elbow pain.
After a thorough examination, the treatment for your San Diego tennis elbow pain will be discussed. Tennis elbow often gets better on its own. But if over-the-counter pain medications and other self-care measures aren’t helping, your doctor may suggest physical therapy. Severe cases of tennis elbow may require surgery. If your symptoms are related to tennis (which is where this condition got its name), your doctor may suggest that experts evaluate your tennis technique or the movements involved with your job tasks to determine the best steps to reduce stress on your injured tissue. In addition, a physical therapist can teach you exercises to gradually stretch and strengthen your muscles, especially the muscles of your forearm. Eccentric exercises, which involve lowering your wrist very slowly after raising it, are particularly helpful. A forearm strap or brace may reduce stress on the injured tissue. Your doctor might suggest injecting platelet-rich plasma, Botox or some form of irritant (prolotherapy) into the painful tendon. Dry needling, in which a needle pierces the damaged tendon in many places, can also be helpful. If your symptoms haven’t improved after six to 12 months of extensive non-operative treatment, you may be a candidate for surgery to remove damaged tissue. Let Dr. Winternitz assess your tennis elbow and get you back in the game again.