Bess Fley, PA-C, May 2023 Newsletter: Tennis Elbow

Sports Medicine in Louisville, KY, Orthopaedic Specialists, Bess Fley PA-C, Dr. Stacie Grossfeld Supervising Doctor

From the Desk of Bess Fley: Tennis Elbow

It’s that time of year when everyone is itching to get outside and enjoy the nice weather, and what better way than to play tennis or pickleball? Below, we’ll will discuss tips for both on and off the court to help prevent and successfully treat tennis elbow.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow, a.k.a. lateral epicondylitis, is when repetitive movement causes inflammation of the tendon that connects the elbow to the forearm muscles. This tendon is called the common extensor tendon. Read below for some easy prevention tips, signs of injury, what puts you at higher risk for developing this condition, and what you can do to treat it.

Bess Fley, P.A., at Orthopaedic Specialists in Louisville, KY treats a variety of different injuries, including tennis elbow.

Risk Factors for Lateral Epicondylitis

  • Playing a racket sport for more than 2 hours at a time
  • Poor form
  • Increased age
  • Those who work jobs with repetitive movements

Physical Symptoms

  • Pain over the outside of the elbow (lateral epicondyle)
  • Pain with forced wrist extension

Treatment Options

Tennis Modifications That May Help

  • Book a private lesson at your club to work on form
  • Decrease the tension in the strings
  • Double grip the racket to decrease grip strength
  • Add a shock absorber

If you or anyone you know is struggling with nagging tennis elbow, come in and see us! Not every treatment option is ideal for every patient, so we will discuss the risks and benefits to tailor a treatment plan that will best serve you!

If you or someone you love has suffered a tennis elbow injury in the Louisville, Kentucky-area, Orthopaedic Specialists, PLLC can help! Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC is accepting new patients, and same day appointments are available. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC today at 502-212-2663.