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W. Anthony Frisella, MD

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a common problem that causes inflammation of tendons on the outside of the elbow. The cause is unknown, but tennis elbow causes pain with grasping and lifting. Patients often say that shaking hands is extremely painful.

Tennis elbow rarely requires surgery and always gets better on its own with time. However, it may take as long as two years for the problem to go away. Tennis elbow usually gets a lot better with a cortisone shot. Milder cases can be treated with therapy and braces.

If a patient has two or three injections and the problem still comes back, tennis elbow surgery cures the problem in about 80% of cases. It is important to understand that tennis elbow surgery may not help, and, if that is the case, the only option is to “wait it out.”

For the surgical repair and non-surgical treatment of tennis elbow in St. Charles County, call Dr. Frisella at (636) 229-4222 or request an appointment online.