Tennis Elbow Limits Playing for Dodger Pitcher Zack Greinke

Tennis ElbowIt’s a strike out for Dodger Zack Greinke, whose bad right elbow is affecting his pitching ability. An Orange County Registrar article discussed Greinke’s elbow, which is causing enough problems to require rest and injections of Orthovisc, a commonly used medical supplement. Could it be the baseball star has a case of tennis elbow?

Michael J. Fitzmaurice MD, a renowned specialist in repetitive movement injuries at Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix, explains how Greinke’s problematic elbow condition is typical of a repetitive movement issue. “So far, Greinke’s treatment appears to be conservative in nature, which is sensible in the initial stages of care for a problem like this,” says Dr. Fitzmaurice. “Whether this will continue to be effective for him remains to be seen.”

Because of its complex nerve structure, the elbow is particularly vulnerable to sustaining an injury. Eventually, a more permanent solution using a minimally invasive approach could be best for Greinke. If degenerative osteoarthritis is the underlying cause, the condition will only worsen without a corrective procedure.

Dr. Fitzmaurice’s experience and pursuit of the highest-quality care have led to him to develop a variety of new, state-of-the-art techniques in treating repetitive injuries. He is the innovator of the EndoTech® minimally invasive system for treatment of the upper extremities for quicker recovery.

Unique Solution for Tennis Elbow

Patients who have chronic pain or have failed traditional treatment are usually good candidates for EndoTech® Tennis Elbow Release, a minimally invasive procedure designed to remove inflamed tissue and release the tight bands over the muscle. An injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP) provides tissues with growth factors and other healing properties. Studies have demonstrated significant improvement in symptoms in just 1-2 weeks and symptom-free activity following the procedure.

If you or a loved one is coping with tennis elbow, get in touch with the surgical team at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute today by calling (480) 526-5106 to learn more about how you can find relief from pain and a return to health as soon as possible.