Tennis Elbow | Golfers Elbow | Tyler Texas

An Overview of Tennis Elbow
& Golfer’s Elbow

Summer is here for East Texas and many of our patients will be spending more time outdoors doing the activities they love, such as golfing and playing tennis. Many patients feel that tennis and golf are safe sports, but injuries to major joints can occur. Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are both considered to be overload tendon injuries, typically caused by repetitive overuse. The Tyler, Texas pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler are available to assist patients experiencing discomfort in the elbow area.

What to Know About Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, is inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles located on the outside of the elbow. The muscles and tendons located in this area can become damaged from overuse, such as playing tennis.

Recent studies have shown that tennis elbow is caused by damage to the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle. This muscle plays an important role in stabilizing the wrist when the elbow is in a straight position. When the ECRB becomes weakened from overuse, tiny tears form in the tendon in the attachment site to the lateral epicondyle, leading to elbow pain, inflammation and weak grip strength.

What to Know About Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is very similar to tennis elbow, but this health condition causes pain on the inside of the elbow where the tendons of the forearm muscle attach to the elbow’s bony bump. Like tennis elbow, the tendons and muscles can become damaged from overuse and lead to troublesome symptoms.

Golfer’s elbow is caused by overuse activities, such as golf, that produce repetitive stress on the flexor pronator mass (FPM).  When this area within the elbow joint experiences constant overuse, extra strain is placed on the FPM and microscopic tears of the tendon occur. The tiny tears lead to pain on the inside of the elbow, swelling and grip weakness.

How to Treat Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow

Both tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are treated in a similar way. A pain physician will recommend the patient rest the injured elbow until pain is completely diminished. Patients will also be encouraged to ice the affected area, take over-the-counter pain medications and perform simple exercises to stretch and strengthen the tendons and muscles associated with the injured area.

If the elbow pain lingers after at-home treatments, a pain physician may recommend a corticosteroid injection or other pain management injection, as well as professional physical therapy.

For more information on tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, please contact the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler located in Tyler, Texas.

Workplace Injury Prevention | Work Accident | Tyler Texas

Workplace Injury Prevention Overview

It is estimated approximately 13,000 American workers are injured each day while on the clock and many of these work accidents are preventable. A workplace injury can lead to a number of lost production days which are harmful to both the worker and employer. During National Safety Month, the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, would like to share workplace injury prevention tips to help keep patients safe while on the job.

Workplace Injury Statistics

The National Safety Council estimates a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. That is a staggering number. The most common work accidents that keep employees away from the job include:

  • Sprains, strains and tears
  • Pain and soreness
  • Cuts, punctures and lacerations

The top three workplace injury events that result in lost production days include:

  • Overexertion such as repetitive movements and lifting and lowering
  • Contact with equipment and other objects
  • Slips, trips and falls

The majority, if not all, of work accidents are preventable if workplace injury prevention tips are implemented and followed.

Workplace Injury Prevention Tips

Preventing a work accident before it happens can keep workers on the job, keep employers’ production levels high and help protect employers from a lawsuit, accident investigation or equipment repair.

The following workplace injury prevention tips can help create a safe working environment:

  • Use safe lifting techniques
  • Wear personal protective equipment
  • Pay attention to ergonomics
  • Get up and move throughout the day
  • Do not take shortcuts
  • Keep an orderly area, including company vehicle
  • Reduce workplace stress

What to do if a Work Accident Occurs

If a work accident occurs, workers are strongly encouraged to report the workplace injury to the proper personnel at their workplace. Workers are then encouraged to visit a pain physician, such as Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, so a proper diagnosis and pain management treatment can be prescribed.

Our physicians perform a thorough physical examination on each injured worker to determine the extent of injury. As the injured worker works through their pain management treatment, our team will keep all parties informed on the progress. Before the injured worker can return to the workplace, our physicians will perform a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) to guarantee they are able to perform specific job tasks.

For more resources on workplace injury prevention during National Safety Month, or to discuss a work accident with one of our pain physicians, please contact the Tyler, Texas office of Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.