Tennis elbow is usually treated successfully by non-surgical methods. Initial treatment consists of activity modifications to avoid provocative actions, anti-inflammatory medications, exercises to stretch and strengthen the affected tendon, and frequently a brace, known as a counterforce strap. In addition, a steroid injection can be performed to decrease inflammation in the tendon and speed the recovery process. Recently, several studies have shown that an injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be helpful in treating lateral epicondylitis.
In the rare event in which the symptoms persist despite adequate conservative treatment, surgery can be performed. During surgery, the degenerative portions of the tendon are excised. Advances in arthroscopic technology have made it possible to perform the surgery in a minimally invasive arthroscopic fashion, minimizing surgical trauma to the normal external tissues and addressing the pathology which is deep and adjacent to the joint. An added benefit to elbow arthroscopy is the ability to perform a diagnostic evaluation of the inside of the joint and address any concomitant internal pathology. Most importantly, the arthroscopic approach to the treatment of tennis elbow allows for a very quick resolution of symptoms and return to normal function.
At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Aboka performs minimally invasive, Elbow Arthroscopy for the treatment of Tennis Elbow, facilitating your return to pain-free function. This procedure is outpatient/same-day surgery, and leads to less pain and scarring and quicker recovery and return to normal function.