Common treatments for tennis elbow are non-surgical and include anti-inflammatory medications, braces, steroid injections, modification of activity, physical therapy and shockwave treatment, according to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Doctors consider surgery only when the pain is incapacitating and does not respond to non-surgical treatment.
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is elbow pain due to overuse of arms, forearm and hand muscles, as reported by WebMD. It involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. Patients with this condition experience pain around the outside of the elbow when shaking hands, squeezing objects, and moving the wrist with force.