Tennis Elbow

Trigger finger is a condition in which one of your fingers, or your thumb, catches or locks in a bent position. Often, the condition first appears in the form of stiffness in the finger joint, or tenderness at the base of the finger. The joint may also click when you move it. As the condition worsens, however, your finger may actually catch in a bent position and eventually snap straight, or it may not fully straighten at all.

Causes of Tennis Elbow

The most common cause of tennis elbow is overuse and repetitive motions. A muscle called the ECRB will stabilize the wrist as you straighten your arm from your elbow on. As it weakens, the tendon attaching the elbow to the rest of your forearm will begin to tear, which can be incredibly painful and lead to swelling and stiffness. Addition damage may be caused by the muscle constantly coming into contact with the bone itself. While tennis is the most common sport to cause tennis elbow to form, nonathletes can also develop the condition. Several professions involve movements that can cause overuse to the elbow, including painters, cooks, mechanics and carpenters. Repetitive motions involving the entire arm, as well as consistent weight lifting can cause wear and tear more quickly. Age is an additional factor in tennis elbow, commonly occurring in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.

Treating Tennis Elbow

After examining the area and going over your symptoms and notable risk factors, your doctor will be able to perform necessary physical and imaging tests to provide you with the correct diagnosis as well as developing the best treatment plan for your needs. Treatment may vary based on the progression of damage. Conservative treatment measures include rest and avoiding actions related to your elbow for several weeks, save for physical therapy sessions to condition your elbow and build muscle strength. Stabilizing the area with a brace will help relieve symptoms. More serious cases may require surgery to resolve.

Tennis Elbow Diagnosis & Treatment in Haverhill & North Andover MA

If you are experiencing pain in your elbow, don’t wait for it to resolve itself. Visit either of our conveniently located practice offices for treatment. Associates in Orthopedics can be reached by calling 978.373.3851