Tennis Elbow Specialist

Dallas Orthopedic and Shoulder Institute

Orthopedic Specialists located in Sunnyvale, TX & Inside of Pediatric Depot, Terrell, TX

When patients from in and around Sunnyvale, Texas and the greater east Dallas area suffer from tennis elbow, Jeff Zhao, DO at the Dallas Orthopedic and Shoulder Institute provides thorough and effective care to relieve pain and restore strength and mobility.

Tennis Elbow Q & A

What Is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is a painful condition caused by overuse of the elbow joint. It is common in athletes who play tennis or other racquet sports as well as other careers or activities that require repetitive use of the elbow. The condition is caused by inflammation of the tendons that join the muscles of the forearm to the outside of the elbow. The condition is painful and limits a patient’s ability to use or bend his or her arm, often reducing grip strength. It most often affects a person’s dominant arm and develops gradually. There isn’t usually a specific injury that marks the beginning of the condition.

How Is Tennis Elbow Diagnosed?

Dr. Zhao performs through examinations to diagnose injuries and medical conditions. He will talk to you about your activities to see how or if your lifestyle is contributing to the condition. He will use a variety of tests to check your range of motion and the strength in your arm and hand. He may also order diagnosing imaging tests such as x-rays, MRIs, and electromyography (EMG) to see if any damage or inflammation that is not apparent externally.

How Is Tennis Elbow Treated?

In most cases, Dr. Zhao will begin treatment with conservative options such as rest, NSAIDs, or a brace. He may also suggest physical therapy or steroid injections. Steroid injections are very effective anti-inflammatory medications which reduce pain significantly when injected into the injured elbow. A brace will provide additional support to the elbow, reducing strain and stress on the joint. If these conservative treatments are not effective surgery may be necessary. Most surgical procedures for tennis elbow involve removing the damaged tissue and reattaching the muscle to the bone. Whenever possible, Dr. Zhao will use minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical techniques although in some cases a traditional open surgery may be necessary to fully repair the joint.

To learn more about elbow conditions and procedures, please take a look at these educational videos.

Dallas Orthopedic and Shoulder Institute is dedicated to making every effort to get payment from your insurance company. Please understand, it is the patients’ responsibility to keep the doctor’s office up to date with current insurance information and make them aware of any insurance changes. If proper notification is not made, the patient may be responsible for charges not covered at the time of service by the insurance company. If an insurance company requires a referral from the primary care physician, it is the patients’ responsibility to have this in place before the visit. The patient may receive a bill for the full charges of any items and services, or have to pay out-of-network cost-sharing under their health plan if the above requirements are not met. If you are paying as a “self-pay” patient, please understand that amounts paid will not count toward your health plan’s deductible or out-of-pocket limit.

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