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Tennis Elbow Specialist

Rodolfo Navarro, MD -  - Sports Medicine Physician

Rodolfo Navarro, MD

Sports Medicine Physician & Orthopedic Physician located in San Antonio, TX

Making movements over and over again while playing sports, painting, or cooking can eventually cause a tendon injury called tennis elbow. At Ortho San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, orthopedic specialist Rudy Navarro, MD, uses an evidence-based approach to relieve your pain and restore your mobility. Book your appointment by phone or online for tennis elbow treatment today.

Tennis Elbow Q&A

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow, medically known as lateral epicondylitis, is a form of tendonitis affecting the tendons attaching your forearm muscles to their corresponding bones. It’s more likely to develop in your dominant arm, but you can get it in either arm if you use it enough. Tennis elbow and all other forms of tendonitis are characterized by inflammation or irritation on your tendons.

Tennis elbow develops when you make repeated motions with your arm. The symptoms develop slowly the more you use your arm. The condition usually causes pain or burning on your outer elbow that gets worse when you twist a doorknob, grip a coffee cup, or shake hands with someone. 

What causes tennis elbow?

Contrary to what you might think, tennis elbow doesn’t only appear in avid tennis players. You can get tennis elbow by overusing your forearm muscles and tendons. You might use that particular muscle group frequently for your job or by playing other sports. Common professions and hobbies that often lead to tennis elbow are:

  • Painting
  • Plumbing 
  • Carpentry
  • Cooking
  • Using a computer mouse
  • Auto repair
  • Racquetball

You’re more likely to get tennis elbow if you don’t use the proper form when moving your arm. If you’re a tennis player, for example, training and stretching can help you perfect your form and avoid injuries like tennis elbow. 

What are my treatment options for tennis elbow?

At Ortho San Antonio, Dr. Navarro provides several nonsurgical treatment options for tennis elbow. He works with you to develop a treatment plan with multiple different approaches, including home care. Your plan may include one of these ultrasound-guided injections:

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

PRP injections consist of a concentration of platelets and growth factors present in your own blood. When injected near your tennis elbow’s inflammation, they help your body heal the injury more efficiently.

Stem cell therapy

For stem cell therapy, Dr. Navarro extracts stem cells from your own bone marrow and injects them into your arm. Stem cells are unspecialized cells that can develop into various cell types to help repair injuries.

To explore your options for tennis elbow treatment, call Ortho San Antonio or book an appointment online today.