Lateral Epicondylitis

What is Lateral Epicondylitis?

Also known as ‘tennis elbow’, lateral epicondylitis is a disordered reaction of the tendons on the outer aspect of the elbow as a result of repetitive stress and overuse. This leads to pain on the outer aspect of the elbow which can radiate down the forearm, and is worse when the wrist is bent backwards (extended).

How is it treated non-operatively?

Lateral epicondylitis can be managed with rest and activity modification, anti-inflammatory medication, bracing, and selective injections. Dr Yu will also prescribe a course of physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

How is it treated operatively?

If non-operative management is unsuccessful, Dr Yu may recommend surgery. This operation involves a small incision at the outer aspect of the elbow to clean up (debride) the diseased tendon and reattaching it to healthy bone. After the operation, you will require a sling for a week before commencing a tailored course of physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Dr Yu will then prescribe a tailored rehabilitation protocol for your situation.

My goals as a surgeon are to relieve your pain, restore your function, and return you back to doing what you love.

– Dr Raymond Yu

  • Adelaide Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Adelaide Shoulder Surgeon

Dr Raymond Yu

Dr Raymond Yu is an Adelaide Orthopaedic Surgeon with post-Fellowship expertise in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.
He specialises in orthopaedic surgery of the Shoulder and Upper Limb with a focus on modern keyhole and minimally-invasive techniques.
Dr Yu has a special passion for:

  • Rotator cuff repair surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Shoulder stabilisation surgery

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