Shockwave Therapy for Tennis Elbow
Over the last few years Lateral Epicondylitis, or tennis elbow as it is more commonly known, has become a conventional therapy for treating the problem, especially as athletes report significant recovery from their injuries to their friends and colleagues. However, Tennis Elbow is not restricted to sportsmen and women; it can happen to almost anyone and often arises after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm.
Signs & Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow was first described as an affliction suffered by tennis players, mainly those hitting repetitive backhands, by Mr. Henry Morris, MA, FRCS, in 1882. An article by him was published in the distinguished medical publication, The Lancet describing “the lawn tennis arm”.
The main symptom is pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow and sometimes in the muscles on top of the forearm. This pain may get worse when the wrist is moved such as when griping or twisting something, such as a door handle or even when shaking hands. Extending the wrist when pouring a drink and lifting with the palm down can also affect the muscles. Many people feel a morning stiffness in the arm. Pain can also occur on the inner side of the elbow, which is known as golfer’s elbow.
What Happens During Shockwave Therapy for Tennis Elbow
Please arrive at the clinic wearing casual clothes. During shock wave therapy, high-intensity sound waves are sent to the tissues of the muscles affected. These stimulate numerous beneficial effects such as the ingrowth of new blood vessel, the reversal of chronic inflammation and the stimulation of new tissue growth.
How We Apply Shockwave Therapy for Tennis Elbow
We isolate the area that needs to be treated and use a gel to transfer the acoustic waves efficiently and smoothly. Rather than the regular gels that some practitioners use, we now advocate and use castor oil as the medium between the shockwave equipment. We have found that the little pain that our patients feel is reduced when we use castor oil. Then using our focussed shockwave equipment, we will start sending gentle impulses to the area. Discomfort will be kept to a minimum and gradually the impulses will become more intense, although little pain will be felt and if it is it will gradually dissipate over a few days.
How Long Will the Shockwave Therapy Take to Work?
Generally, shockwave for Tennis Elbow will resolve after three to four sessions, depending on your condition and how long you may have suffered with it before seeing us, while early diagnosis can reduce the number of sessions needed.
As part of your treatment it is important that you work with your physical therapist to ensure that you have an exercise regime and massage to ensure full recovery.
Patients who suffer from Tennis Elbow often make a faster recovery and return to their sport or exercise regime by undergoing shock wave therapy.
We are one of the few shockwave therapy specialist clinics in the UK with the expertise of treating Tennis Elbow using the latest Swiss engineered focussed shockwave equipment. We undertake this in conjunction with a course of physiotherapy to aid the outcome of the treatment.
To find out more, or to book a free consultation or an appointment, contact us now – or better still call us right away to discuss your problem: Tel: 020 3609 0080
A number of studies with negative results were published in the years of 2002 to 2008. However, since then new shockwave equipment has become available and practitioners are now confident that Shockwave Therapy for Tennis Elbow provides a better solution than invasive surgery, and that especially for newly diagnosed patients with tennis elbow, extracorporeal shock wave therapy can reduce the severity of pain and improve daily activity.