Darrell L. Henderson, MD is very skilled at performing non-surgical and surgical procedures on patients in Lafayette, LA, who suffer from tennis elbow in order to restore full movement without pain.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is believed to be caused by the weakening of a specific muscle in the forearm. The weakening is caused by overuse, as well as a natural rubbing against bony growths near the muscle. The muscle eventually reaches a critical point, and the attached tendon starts to tear loose.
How Do I Know If I Have Tennis Elbow?
If you are experiencing a sudden and acute pain in your elbow, you most likely do not have tennis elbow. You may have an elbow fracture.
The symptoms of tennis elbow appear over time with continued use of your arm. You may first notice a mild discomfort in your elbow, and the pain slowly increases over the following weeks. The discomfort is typically located on the outer part of your elbow. Some of our patients with tennis elbow also report a loss of grip strength in the affected hand. Your symptoms may worsen with continued use of your forearm.
What Treatment Is Recommended for Tennis Elbow?
Treatment for tennis elbow is usually successful, especially when started early. Early treatment options include icing the area, using anti-inflammatory medications, rehabilitation, wearing a brace, and physical therapy. When these don’t work, corticosteroid injections or surgical intervention may be recommended.
The goal of surgery for tennis elbow is to repair the weak muscle. This is achieved by removing a portion of the muscle and attaching healthier muscle to the bone. Depending on the extent of damage, your plastic surgeon may perform arthroscopic or open surgery.
What Happens After My Treatment for Tennis Elbow?
If non-surgical treatment successfully alleviates your tennis elbow, your plastic surgeon may recommend a brace or wrap to prevent further damage to the forearm muscle. You may also have to avoid certain activities or limit the time and frequency of the activities, including the following:
- If you use your arms at work to carry out manual tasks, such as lifting, you may need to avoid these activities until the pain in your arm improves.
- Alternatively, you may be able to modify the way you perform these types of movements so they do not place strain on your arm.
- Talk to your employer about avoiding or modifying activities that could aggravate your arm and make the pain worse.
What Does Treatment for Tennis Elbow Cost?
Worried about paying for your procedure? We accept most major credit cards and we also offer several financing options through CareCredit®.
Why Choose Darrell L. Henderson, MD
- We are the premier providers for reconstruction in Lafayette.
- Our team of surgical experts are highly qualified to perform a number of different reconstruction procedures.
- We offer a personalized and individualized treatment approach.
- We prioritize your health and well-being above all else.
What to Expect During your Consultation
We believe exceptional patient care is a right, not a privilege. Several areas will be covered during your consultation, including:
- Your medical history
- Discussion of your concerns and goals
- Explanation of procedure and expected results
- Customized treatment plan(s)
- Applicable fees and financing information
Darrell L. Henderson, MD offers cosmetic treatments using the latest medical advances to patients in entire Acadiana region, including New Iberia, Abbeville, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Monroe. For your private consultation, contact our office today.