By Anton Urgello, PT, Tulsa Bone & Joint Owasso
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition that occurs when there is inflammation or irritation of the tendons that attach to the outside of your elbow. This is typically caused by overloading or repetitive motion of your wrist and arm resulting in tiny tears of the tendons of the forearm muscles.
Despite its name, tennis players are not the only people who develop tennis elbow. Other athletes can develop this as well as folks who have jobs that require them to perform repetitive motions with their wrist and elbow (e.g., painters, desk/office workers, plumbers, electricians).
This condition can be really painful and limiting especially with normal daily activities that require twisting, turning or gripping. Fortunately, this condition can be treated conservatively. Stretching your wrist flexors and wrist extensors and performing eccentric exercises, where you are lowering your wrist slowly after raising it, are quite helpful with reducing and relieving your pain.
A visit to Tulsa Bone & Joint Physical Therapy is also a very good option, as we are equipped with the knowledge to educate you about your condition as well as guide you through an exercise program specific to you and the activities that you would like to return to.
Try the Wrist Flexor stretches below to help improve the mobility of your wrist and stretch the forearm muscles.
Dr. Kilambi is fellowship trained in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy from the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and board certified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Kilambi completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Originally from Arkansas, Dr. Kilambi completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
Along with Dr. Nunley, Dr. Kilambi serves as the team doctor for Owasso High School. Dr. Kilambi specializes in a number of treatments, including joint injections, ligament repairs/reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, ankle injuries, tennis elbow treatment, general fracture care, knee and shoulder scopes, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. We’re so glad to have Dr. Kilambi on our team!
Congratulations to the Owasso Lady Rams for winning the 6A State Basketball Championship! The Tulsa Bone & Joint Owasso team is proud of your great accomplishment!
On Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 6-7 p.m. St. John Owasso will host a free seminar on sports-related concussions. Caleb Nunley, MD, primary care sports medicine physician at Tulsa Bone & Joint Owasso and team physician for Owasso High School, will discuss how these brain injuries can cause long-term problems and what tests are available to help determine the extent of neurological damage and best course of treatment.
The seminar is free and open to the public and will be in Room 170 of the Medical Office Building. Registration is required. Please call the St. John PulseLine at 918-744-0123 to register or for more information.
Dr. Navin Kilambi and Dr. Caleb Nunley are the Official Team Physicians for the Owasso Rams.Tulsa Bone & Joint of Owasso has been serving the community for over 10 years, offering top-quality orthopedic care. Our board certified and fellowship trained physicians offer you and your family compassionate care. Call (918) 272-9464 for an appointment in Owasso.