While golfer’s elbow is known as pain on the inside of the elbow, tennis elbow is characterized by pain that occurs on the outside of the elbow. As a form of tendonitis, tennis elbow can be the result of a single traumatic event or result from repetitive smaller “injuries”. It was initially described in tennis players who suffer debilitating pain to the outside of the elbow.
Treatment options for tennis elbow may include a home excercise program, physical therapy, and the use of anti-inflammatory medications. The need for surgery is infrequent, but may be necessary if other measures fail to relieve pain.
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After graduating from Loma Linda School of Medicine Dr. Unsell spent more than a decade serving at Loma Linda in several positions including the Assistant Professor of Orthopedics as well as the Assistant director of the Hand Fellowship Program. He has been involved with the training of 35 hand fellows, 15 of which now hold academic teaching positions.