Tennis Elbow Specialist

Alexander Kulick, MD

Pain Management located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

If you suffer from long-lasting or severe elbow discomfort associated with tennis elbow, experienced pain management specialist Alexander Kulick, MD, offers advanced pain management solutions at his practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Call the New York City office to learn more about tennis elbow treatment options today.

Tennis Elbow Q & A

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is a painful condition in your elbow that occurs from overuse. Tendons in the elbow get overloaded, often from repetitive motions in your arm or wrist. 

Tennis elbow is common among athletes and people with jobs that require repetitive motions, but it can happen to anybody. Treatment offers you pain relief and faster healing.

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have tennis elbow:

  • Radiating pain
  • Elbow, forearm, or wrist pain
  • Weakness
  • Difficulting gripping objects or turning door knobs
  • Worsening elbow pain

Tennis elbow refers to pain on the outside of your elbow. If you experience pain in the inner part of your elbow, golfer’s elbow may be to blame. If your elbow discomfort is severe or long-lasting, see Dr. Kulick for relief.

What are the risk factors for tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow can occur as a result of playing certain sports, older age, or working at a job requiring repetitive motions. Examples include painting, carpentry work, plumbing, and using a computer mouse often. Tennis elbow is most common in adults ages 30-50.

How is tennis elbow diagnosed?

To diagnose tennis elbow, Dr. Kulick discusses your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms. He examines your elbow, wrist, forearm, and fingers, and may ask you to move these parts of your body in various ways. He might recommend X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures if he suspects additional injuries.

How is tennis elbow treated?

Your personalized tennis elbow treatment plan is based on the severity of your injury and might include:

RICE therapy

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation can reduce inflammation and pain associated with tennis elbow. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and wearing a brace can help, too.

Physical therapy

Physical therapists help you stretch and strengthen tissues near your elbow joint to relieve pain and restore joint function.

Injections

Dr. Kulick offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cells, steroids, and other joint injections to stimulate tissue healing, reduce pain, and prevent reinjury.

Ultrasound therapy

Ultrasound tenotomy can stimulate healing naturally without surgery or downtime. Dr. Kulick uses a needle to emit ultrasound energy to damaged tissues.

Shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy uses sound waves to stimulate healing naturally. Microtrauma promotes your body’s natural healing mechanisms.

Surgery

Surgery is a last resort, but it can repair or remove damaged tissue that hasn’t healed with other tennis elbow treatments. After a surgical procedure, physical therapy optimizes healing.

Don’t live with discomfort associated with tennis elbow when numerous pain relief options are available at the office of Dr. Alexander Kulick. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.