The video below deals with the topic of tennis elbow.  It covers everything from diagnosis to tennis elbow treatment.  Tennis elbow is a very common cause of pain on the outer side of your elbow.  Also referred to as lateral epicondylitis, it is anticipated that almost everyone will suffer from tennis elbow at one time or another between the ages of 40 and 65.  The pain of tennis elbow occurs when you try and lift something with the palm facing downward.  The pain occasionally radiates into your forearm.

For most of us the pain from tennis elbow is more of an annoyance than anything else.  You may have pain because you raked leaves for 3 hours over the weekend, or you may have simply woken up with elbow pain. For some of us the pain is far more severe.  The treatment for tennis elbow need to match the needs of you, the patient.

In this video Dr Jeff Berg and myself discuss the following issues that arise when you are diagnosed with tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis:

  • What is tennis elbow…
  • tennis elbow treatment…
  • Are cortisone injections for tennis elbow are a good idea…
  • Should we MRI the elbow?
  • Is surgery needed to treat tennis elbow…
  • and finally the recovery from tennis elbow.

Take a listen and let us know what you think.


Tennis elbow is a very common cause of pain on the outer or lateral side of your forearm.  It is caused by degeneration or tendinosis  of the tendons around the elbow.  In general, cortisone injections should be avoided. Surgery for the vast majority of you is not a necessary treatment for tennis elbow.  It is very well known that for most this is a mild to moderate annoyance, and in the vast majority of people the pain will subside on its own.  It might take 6-8 months, but it will almost always heal on its own.

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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.