Tendonitis and Tennis Elbow Care

At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, we treat tendonitis with a unique combination of experience and innovation. Our elbow surgeons are all fellowship-trained in elbow injuries and surgery. We perform thousands of surgeries each year using the most advanced treatment methods and technology. We serve as the area’s referral center for the most difficult cases.

Every patient we see receives a thorough and precise diagnosis. We think creatively about how to resolve your tendinitis or tennis elbow, no matter how complex your condition. We will work together with you to develop a treatment plan that will effectively treat your tendinitis and also meet the demands of your daily life. While you recover, we help you find a balance between being able to move your hand and fingers, while also keeping them steady to allow your injury to heal.

What is tendonitis?

The tissues that attach your muscles to your bones are called tendons. When your muscles flex, tendons spring into action, helping to move your bones. It is easy to injure the tendons in the arms and hands since we use them so often. Tendinitis is an inflammation of a tendon that causes pain near a joint.

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is a common term for one of the most frequent types of tendinitis. It is an overuse injury that causes an inflammation of the tendon fibers that attach the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow. As the name suggests, tennis players, as well as golf players and other athletes, often suffer from this type of tendinitis. It can also affect you if you twist your wrist repeatedly on a regular basis, or if you type on a computer keyboard without proper support.

What causes tennis elbow and tendonitis?

Tennis elbow may be the result of any of the following sports and activities, usually when improper technique is used or after years of repetitive movement:

  • Tennis
  • Weightlifting
  • Fencing
  • Racquetball
  • Typing
  • Painting
  • Raking
  • Carpentry
  • Knitting

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow and tendonitis?

The most common symptoms of tennis elbow, which warrant a consultation with a MedStar orthopedist, include:

  • Pain in the elbow, upper forearm, or lower arm
  • Pain when lifting objects
  • Pain when making a fist
  • Pain when squeezing something
  • Pain when raising the hand

How are tennis elbow and tendonitis diagnosed?

At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, our physicians have years of experience diagnosing and treating elbow conditions, including tendon problems. The following steps are usually included in your initial evaluation:

  • Medical history evaluation – One of our experienced orthopedists will discuss your past relevant medical history with you, focusing on your elbow pain and prior injuries.
  • Physical exam – This involves examining your elbow and forearm, evaluating your pain location and level, and looking for signs of irregularities in the elbow.
  • Imaging tests – Often, your physician will recommend image testing to see your elbow damage in more detail and to help make an accurate diagnosis.

How are tennis elbow and tendonitis treated?

Although tendinitis and tennis elbow can be painful, the good news is that it rarely becomes chronic if caught early and treated properly with the following:

  • Rest and avoiding activities that cause pain
  • Ice
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cortisone injections
  • Altering the way you perform activities involving the hand or wrist
  • Wrist splints or elbow counter force braces
  • Physical therapy

 

If surgery becomes necessary, arthroscopic and other minimally invasive procedures can provide a relatively short recovery period and can produce long-lasting results.

The orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute are experienced in the most advanced and innovative surgical procedures for the treatment of tendinitis and tennis elbow, including:

 

If you believe you may be suffering from tennis elbow or tendonitis, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience diagnosing and treating elbow conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive elbow care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Hand, Wrist & Elbow

John S. Foley, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Curtis Mitchell Henn, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow
PhonePhone: 202-444-0335

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
Ryan M. Jander, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
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Shoulder & Elbow


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

Sports Medicine

Evan H. Argintar, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
William Postma, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Sports Medicine
PhonePhone: 866-767-1682

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge

General Orthopedics

John P. Byrne, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Kevin McMahon, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 325 Olney, MD, 20832
Phone: 301-774-8958
25500 Point Lookout Road, Suite 250 Leonardtown, MD, 20650
Phone: 240-434-7483
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
1120 20th Street Northwest, Building 1 South Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: 202-416-2000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
5454 Wisconsin Avenue, 11th Floor Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
Phone: 301-215-9423
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
12825 Minnieville Road, Suite 203 Woodbridge, VA, 22192
Phone: 703-971-3701
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200 Mc Lean, VA, 22101
Phone: 202-444-8766
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682