About Tennis Elbow

What is it and what are your treatment options?
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267
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What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Despite its name, athletes aren’t the only people who develop tennis elbow. People whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers.

Common Causes:

  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Baseball
  • Gymnastics
  • Weightlifting
  • Manual labor

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow may include:

  • Pain and tenderness directly over the lateral epicondyle
  • A palpable bony bump
  • Weakness
  • Numbness and stiffness
  • Difficulty grasping objects, making a fist and turning door knobs

When you arrive for your initial consultation, an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Upper Extremity Specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing tennis elbow, our experts will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays (to rule out a fracture) or MRI

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options may be used to treat tennis elbow. Treatment options include:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Oral and topical medications. NSAIDs are available in over-the-counter and prescription strengths.

Physical Therapy

OPA approved physical therapists give patients exercises to decrease symptoms and prevent tennis elbow from returning.


An injection of steroid and numbing medications quickly decreases pain.


A removal brace may be worn as needed to take pressure off the forearm tendons.

Although in rare cases, tennis elbow may require surgical intervention if symptoms do not improve after 6 to 12 months of nonsurgical treatment. Our physicians use the latest tennis elbow repair surgical techniques and instruments. You will recover in as short a time frame as possible. Physical therapy helps you regain strength and prevents a tear from reoccurring.

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Upper Extremity Specialists are experts in treating tennis elbow.

If you are in pain and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment at our location in Anchorage.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Elbow Team

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Owen L. Ala, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Adam Ellison, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jessie Janowski, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jeff Moore, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.


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