• Steven J. Lee, MD

Elbow Pain with Gripping: Is this Tennis Elbow?

Lateral elbow pain with gripping, carrying or overuse may be Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis). Tennis Elbow often occurs due to overuse (tennis, golf, weight lifting) and can even be felt with every day activities such as shaking hands or carrying a jug of milk.


During your visit with Dr. Lee, he will examine your elbow to help determine your diagnosis. Often an x-ray is obtained during your visit with rule out any bony pathology or calcifications. If the pain is severe, persistent, or due to trauma, an MRI may also be considered.


Treatment options for Lateral Epicondylitis may include:

- Decreasing the offending activity temporarily (such as tennis, golf, weight-lifting, firm handshakes)

- Physical therapy with an emphasis on stretches and gentle strengthening

- Tennis elbow brace and wrist immobilizer

- Anti-Inflammatory medication / NSAIDs (if not contraindicated for the patient)

- Injections such as PRP or cortisone

- Surgery (Note: the majority of Lateral Epicondylitis cases are treated successfully without surgery especially since the advent of PRP)


Differential Diagnosis:

- Medial Epicondylitis or Golfers Elbow

- Radial Tunnel Syndrome

- Elbow UCL Tear

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*It is important to note that all of the information above is not specific to anyone and is subject to change based on many different factors including but not limited to individual patient, diagnosis, and treatment specific variables. It is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice.  Anyone seeking specific orthopedic advice or assistance should consult Dr. Steven Lee or an orthopedic specialist of your choice.

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*Dr. Steven Lee is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and is double fellowship trained in the areas of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, and Sports Medicine. He has offices in New York City, Scarsdale, and Westbury Long Island.  



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