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What is Tennis Elbow

Alexander Croog, MD specializes in hand and upper body extremity and practices in our Fair Oaks and Fairfax offices.

Tennis elbow can be a severely disabling problem. Tennis elbow is more common and a result of repetitive use, not playing tennis. This condition is more common in middle-aged people than it is in young or senior adults. The average age someone gets tennis elbow is in his or her early 40's, though it can certainly be in a range 10 years before or after this age. Fortunately, this problem is self-limiting, meaning that the body should heal itself eventually. Unfortunately, the recovery can be measured in months and the challenge is keeping one comfortable during this healing process.

Read more about tennis elbow from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).


For more information on Dr. Croog, read his bio on our website.

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Tennis elbow is a condition in which you have endless agony in your elbow because of consistent swinging of the elbow. It's called tennis elbow since it is related with the consistent swinging of the elbow amid the sport of Tennis. This doesn't mean your grandmother played elbow, it's freshly the relationship with the elbow and the tennis swing.
3/22/2017 6:45:59 AM

Austin G Johns
Tennis elbow is a particularly frustrating over-use injury. As the new Return to Sport Post-Rehabilitative Program Director for OrthoVirginia, and former trainer for multiple tennis pros, high school teams, and recreational athletes, I have seen tennis elbow thwart people's best competitive intentions on multiple levels.

Unfortunately, once you have the inflammation connected with tennis elbow soreness, most activities that require grip (think driving) or frequent finger movement (think typing), can exacerbate or at least hinder the tennis elbow healing. Physical therapy is often a good course of action to improve the pains associated with point sensitive joint pains such as this.

It is not a good idea to try to work through it! Tennis elbow, like several other nagging pains such as shin splints, runners knee, and plantar fasciitis do not just go away if you continue your regular activity - in fact they frequently get worse and become debilitating or damaging.

As you work through your recovery, you'll need good professionals to teach you techniques for avoiding an injury recurrence in the future. PT is a great start, but seeking a qualified RtS Recovery Specialist and good coach will also help you stave off future injury.

for more information about Return to Sport or how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, feel free to e-mail me at ajohns@c-o-r.com
11/7/2016 1:05:25 PM

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