NYC Tennis Elbow Diagnosis, Treatment & Pain Management Doctors
At Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates you’ll get the tennis elbow pain management and doctor’s care you need to reduce or eliminate your tennis elbow pain. Because when you’re in pain — whether it’s from an accident, age, tennis, or ailment — you want pain relief quickly. Appropriate and targeted tennis elbow pain management and treatment starts with a proper diagnosis from your NYC pain management specialist.
While playing tennis certainly can put you at risk of developing the painful tendon inflammation referred to as tennis elbow, it’s not the only way you can get it. Microscopic tears in the forearm tendon can occur after playing a number of sports in Manhattan, such as golf, football and other racquet sports.
Painters, plumbers, cooks assembly line workers and carpenters also are prone to the condition when the specific forearm muscle called the extensor carpi radialis brevis, or ECRB, is weakened or damaged from overuse.
Slight Problems in the Beginning
As your tendon breaks down gradually over time, you may begin to feel a slight discomfort in your forearm, especially when you continue to use it incorrectly. It can take up to a couple months before you really feel the powerful pain associated with tennis elbow and seek treatment from a pain management doctor. Likely you will feel:
- A burning sensation on the outside of your elbow
- Shooting pain from even a simple movement like shaking hands
- Weakness in your gripping strength
Rarely does tennis elbow occur from one single incident or accident. Instead, it is insidious. And athletes are prone to letting pain slip by with the attitude that they can “shake it off” or play though the pain. Untreated, tennis elbow can turn into a chronic condition that affects your dominant arm, though it can develop in your non-dominant arm as well.
Treating the Source of Tennis Elbow Pain
Very often, before you even need treatment from a pain management specialist, you can get enormous relief from just learning the proper technique for your tennis swing or racquetball performance. Rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen can help to reduce the swelling while you refrain from using that arm for a while. You also can apply ice for 15-minute intervals three or four times per day.
When self-care measures don’t work, after about a week or 10 days, a pain management doctor may suggest physical therapy (PT). Your PT regimen may include stretching exercises to target the ECRB. A brace can reduce pressure on the swelling while you heal.
If after about six to 12 months, you’re still suffering, you may require surgery to remove the damaged soft tissue. Once completed, you still should learn proper swinging techniques so tennis elbow doesn’t return. Also learn how to stretch appropriately before playing your favorite sports.
Get theTennis Elbow Pain Relief You Need
Your NYC tennis elbow management doctor’s goal is to get you back to your normal routine with minimal downtime. After your tennis elbow diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor begins your tennis elbow pain management and treatment plan with the most conservative pain relief treatment. You’ll always receive non-invasive pain relief before your doctor turns to more invasive procedures like surgery.
Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates
51 East 25th St, 4th Floor, Ste B
New York, NY 10010