Hand & Wrist Center of Houston Home If you suspect broken bones, dislocated joints, lacerated tendons, lacerated nerves, infection, or have an open wound below the elbow, then call us immediately.
 
FOREARM TENDON TIGHTNESS


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

This condition has many names including lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow. There is a much less common version on the inside of the elbow often called medial epicondylitis. The muscles in the forearm involved with gripping have a thick band inside them that doesn't stretch at all. Overuse or misuse of these muscles causes excessive traction and minor tearing on the muscle attachment point at the elbow.  Also tension in the muscle causes the thick band to put pressure on a nerve that runs underneath the muscle. Although the patient doesn't know it, he or she is probably using the arm the wrong way and needs to develop ergonomically correct habits.  See also Radial Tunnel Syndrome.

MEDICAL HISTORY: Sharp pain at the side of the elbow and aching pain in the forearm are the main symptoms that are usually made worse by gripping or trying to lift anything. When advanced, it can even be difficult to straighten the elbow.

EXAMINATION: The outside of the elbow and the upper forearm are tender to applied pressure. Cocking the wrist or fingers back against resistance is painful. Stretching the muscle or straightening the elbow can be difficult.

ADDITIONAL TESTS: None are needed.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  NON-OPERATIVE SURGICAL RELEASE
CONSISTS OF Stretching, muscle conditioning and ergonomic training Dividing the thick band while leaving the muscle alone
FEATURES Makes the muscle group more elastic with less pressure on nerve and less tension on attachment point Short incision, outpatient, immediate use for light activities
ADVANTAGES Avoids surgery Definitive solution to problem
DISADVANTAGES Only works on muscle tissue, if band is too thick will not be successful Temporary period of weakness where arm cannot be used for heavy activity

RECOVERY

Light everyday activities are allowed immediately. Sutures are removed in the office at 2 weeks. Rehabilitation begins soon after surgery with the same stretching exercises done during the non-operative treatment program. Strengthening comes next along with endurance as the patient prepares to return to heavy activities. Powerful use of the arm doesn't usually occur until several months after surgery as the healing tissues become more mature.
 
 
 
Back to Medical Conditions
 
 


  • Dr. Henry gave me my wrist back!!! Thank you Dr. Henry!!! - 07/10/17
  • Great job your staff is the best,thank you &GOD Bless all of you! - 06/15/18
  • every body was excelent - 01/09/18
  • great doctor - 05/23/18
  • I appreciate the expertise and experience of Dr. Henry!!! I know I had the BEST hand surgeon!!! - 05/02/18
  • The staff is nice and everyone is up on the treatment. I feel confident that I am getting the best care and am glad I came here. - 10/30/17
  • love the circus de sole dvd. everything was amazing. rehab was the best too. - 02/23/18
  • very helpful. staff was very helpful and outstanding. Dr. Henry explained everything to me - 06/19/18
  • Dr. Henry and his staff are amazing! I was able to get an urgent new patient appointment immediately with surgery that same afternoon. Dr. Henry does an excellent and thorough job explaining my injury and the healing process. Very impressed with his plan of early mobility and physical therapy, which helped restore my function back to normal within 8 weeks of surgery. I would 100% recommend Dr. Henry and his staff! Very pleased and grateful for his help. - 03/23/18
  • very confortable,Dr. Henrry very professional and very friendly staff - 12/05/17
  • very good team work, best clinic - 06/21/17
  • Dr. Henry was able to salvage my hand to make it usable again. I have already sent my Father here and he no longer has any pain in his wrist. - 11/13/17
  • Very efficient practice - 10/19/17
  • I couldn't be more pleased with the level of service I received while in Dr. Henry's care. The level of detail in which my injury was explained and resolved, and the level of competency that was displayed throughout the healing was truly outstanding. - 01/30/18
  • excellent! dr & staff! - 06/14/17
  • :) - 06/01/17
  • best place for treatment of hand and wrist problems. Dr. Henry was recommended to me by a friend who is a medical care professional. - 10/06/17
  • all excellent care - 07/12/17
  • The doctor and staff are the best I have ever had. Very professionalism at its best. - 11/15/17
  • Thank you for sewing me back together and guiding me through my recovery!!! - 05/15/18
  • The staff and the Dr. are very helpful and understanding .I have not yet seen a better staff like this office . I will recommend any one here . - 11/06/17
  • Great Doctor and staff. Luis is a wonderful asset to the staff - 12/18/17
  • dr henry does an excellent job of explaining the problem and solution, seems extremely competent - 02/07/18
  • Very happy I came here for the surgery, etc. - 06/09/17
  • Outstanding service and results - 10/30/17
  • I was very impressed with how I was treated by the doctor as well as the Medical assistant. All my questioned were answered and I was treated with care and respect. Luis was Awesome! Doctor Henry was very informative. I will recommend him to friends and family - 06/09/17
  • you were very good, thank you very much - 05/17/18
  • I am really happy with my experience. I always knew what was going on and over time got to know the staff based on how many times I've been here. Most importantly, I feel I got the right treatment for my injury. - 10/19/17
  • the whole group was very good, I had an excellent experience. - 11/09/17
  • no complaints hand is coming along very well - 11/06/17
  • MD was very thorough and spent a good amount of time with the patient (me). MD had good bedside manners which you do not see from a lot of doctors nowadays. He also made sure everything was understood and that I was given a chance to ask questions or address any concerns I had. Everyone was courteous and professional. Thank you for making mu visit a pleasant one. - 05/02/18
  • outstanding knowledge and gets you into the hospital if needed the same. - 02/09/18
  • Dr. Henry was very informative about the treatment and staff was pleasant. - 01/11/18
  • Dr. Henry and his staff are phenomenal. Dr. Henry has a gift for not only treating health issues extremely effectively, but he is extremely thorough and very efficient at communication and explaining everything he is doing and all of clearly outlining your options for future procedures. - 05/11/18
  • Dr. Henry is a tremendous doctor! - 05/22/18
  • The staffs here was GREAT!!!! - 06/21/17
  • Thank you for repairing my injury and being kind in the process. - 01/10/18
  • thank you - 10/16/17
  • an experience beyond expectation - 10/06/17
  • Dr. Mark Henry is a true healer; the finest most competent doctor I've ever encountered. I am forever grateful to Dr. Henry and the entire staff for saving my finger and facilitating my complete recovery with grace and seriousness of intent. Thank you. - 01/10/18
  • every thing was really great - 10/19/17
  • With the severity of my injury I am amazed at how functional my wrist is with the amazing team work shown at the office. From the very start the service and care have been outstanding!! I can't thank everyone enough! - 02/23/18
  • Very nice staff and surgeon. Thumb looks good now after surgery, hopefully thumb continues to heal and stays healed. Thank you - 01/30/18










Site maintained by Dan Cutts© Copyright 2018 Hand and Wrist Center of Houston