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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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I have been a piano teacher for 12 years. I've never had any problems teaching and playing for long hours. But in the last six weeks, I have started to notice pain on the outside of my elbow as soon as I start to play. What could be causing this, and what can I do about it?

Anytime a person does the same activity over and over, there is a risk of developing pain and problems. You may have developed a condition called tennis elbow, known to doctors as lateral epicondylitis. With this condition, overuse causes damage to one tendon/muscle unit in particular.

A doctor can determine the exact cause of your painful symptoms. In the case of lateral epicondylitis, most patients become symptom-free with the use of medications. Sometimes other kinds of treatment are necessary, such as physical therapy, injections, or surgery.


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