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TENNIS ELBOW? IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK!

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Many people will come to our Sarasota Orthopedic Associates sports clinic with complaints of pain on either side of their elbow which has been present for months and is aggravated by gripping things or shaking hands. While often referred to as Golfer’s or Tennis elbow, this painful tendon condition usually occurs not from playing golf or tennis, but from repeatedly gripping or lifting objects improperly. Unfortunately, the condition can become severe enough where the tendons on either side of the elbow will become swollen, degenerated, and possibly torn causing persistent pain.

Despite being referred to as lateral or medial epicondylitis by the medical community, this condition is known not to be an inflammatory condition.  Because of this, typical anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen or Naprosyn often will not help. While steroid  or “cortisone” injections can be tried and may give temporary relief, studies have shown that the condition often returns weeks to months later causing further delay in healing.

The good news is that this condition can be treated non-surgically. Medical studies have revealed that a dedicated specific exercise program that concentrates on eccentric (lengthen) strengthening of the elbow and wrist tendons often will successfully cure the problem. Even when rehabilitation fails, other procedures less invasive than having surgery can often be performed which can significantly improve pain in 90% of the cases.

So whether you are struggling with chronic elbow pain from playing doubles tennis or from lifting luggage at the airport, the physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates can evaluate your elbow problem, correctly diagnose the cause of the pain, and suggest a specific treatment regimen which will get you back on the road to recovery.

Paul Lento, MD is Fellowship Trained and Triple Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a distinguished Sports Physician having served as team physician for major sporting events such as the Winter Olympics and major city marathons. Locally, Dr Lento is Team Physician at Lakewood Ranch and Booker High Schools. He is also a Castle Connolly Top Doc, a national recognition of the best physicians in healthcare. Dr. Lento sees patients at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, voted the #1 choice for Orthopedic Care in Sarasota and Manatee .

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU –Michael Gordon, MD

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Over the next several weeks we’ll be asking each of our physicians to reveal a more personal side that extends beyond their medical biography. This week, we spoke with Dr Michael Gordon, who is Fellowship Trained and Board Certified in treating hands, wrists, shoulders, and elbows and sees adults and children of all ages.

What inspired you to become a physician?

I wanted to be able to help people in a tangible and meaningful way. I enjoyed creating and tinkering with and fixing things as a child. You could say I was the neighborhood mechanic. I even built a boat with my father as a summer project.

Why orthopedics?

It’s most similar to architecture, mechanics, and carpentry, and, provides gratification of fixing or restoring function to the anatomy. When I considered applying to medical school, I shadowed an orthopedic surgeon and watched him return the ability of walking to people. It was very inspiring.

What do you love most about your job?

Seeing the faces of joy and gratitude when patients have recovered from their injury or condition.

What is your biggest challenge?

Not having enough time.

If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be a ________.

Rock Star

Editorial Note:  Dr Gordon plays guitar and sings in the band “McDreamy and the Anatomy”, a group consisting solely of physicians! The band competed at the “DR IDOL” fundraising event for Boys & Girls Club a few years ago when they rocked the crowd and won the title.

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Your proudest moment?

Becoming and being a father to two amazing daughters.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled?  Why?

I’m not fond of trying to name the “best”, “favorite”, or “most” because there are so many great places. I would say Thailand, Japan, and Israel were culturally interesting, but Europe is wonderful too. The US has amazing resources that we sometimes forget like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.

Any hobbies?  Activities?

Music, Music, Music. Exercise has also become a central part of my life.

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What’s your next adventure?

I’d like to make it to the Great Barrier Reef for scuba diving. I haven’t made definite plans, but it’s on my list. Also the Red Sea.

Your guilty pleasure food?

Cheetos.

You can read Dr Gordon’s professional biography by clicking here.  Michael Gordon, MD is one of thirteen physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates.  With three locations and same day appointments, our commitment is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.