Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Lateral epicondylitis is inflammation of the tendons on the lateral aspect of the forearm as they attach to the humerus. This is a common condition and seen frequently in construction workers, tennis players, golfers and anyone who is involved in repetitive activities. Most patients are middle aged between 40-65 yrs old.
The mainstay of treatment involves rest, ices, anti-inflammatory medication and bracing. In some patients who fail these treatments we may discuss biologic therapy with PRP (platelet rich plasma). There are a very small group of patients who fail these measures and require surgery to remove the inflamed tissue. This is done as an outpatient surgery using a minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. Most patients resume full activities 6-8wks after surgery.