Tennis elbow otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, is commonly caused by inflammation of the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon at the outer edge of the elbow. Tendons attach muscle to bone. The extensor carpi radialis muscle attaches to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus bone.
Symptoms typcially include pain on the outside of the elbow and weakness in the wrist.
Correct diagnosis is essential. At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic a complete evaluation is the standard. Entrapment of the radial nerve and cervical degenerative disc disease with nerve root irritation is always evaluated.
Overuse or repetitive strains are the most common causes of tennis elbow pain.
Conservative treatment options include ice, resting the joint and using a support brace. Treating the dysfunction muscle with myofascial release techniques (IMS) is critical to resolving the pain assoicated with tennis elbow. In cases which are refractory to conservative care, a novel technique is now available in which a patient utilizes their own stem cells. It is a needle-in, needle-out procedure which allows one’s own mesenchymal stem cells to repair the damaged tissue.